“The first word that comes to mind is ‘intensive’. Each trainee is assigned to a senior associate and a partner in the practice where he or she undergoes training. The senior associate and partner act as mentors. Day-to-day training consists of assignments given by the associates, with follow-up reviews and feedback. The training doesn’t just come down to administrative or secretarial functions. Quite on the contrary, there is a great degree of involvement in the projects carried out by the associates of the firm. This gives us a chance to gain first-hand experience in seeing how the law works in practice. It is equally important that, as a trainee, you will have some sort of ‘insurance coverage’ with the guidance and support of more experienced colleagues. This provides an opportunity to see the responsibility assumed by associates of the firm when advising or representing clients in real-life situations. It’s very interesting to see how the product created by the trainee undergoes changes as it’s reviewed by senior associates and partners, and to see the end product circulated to the client."
- Yana Ivanova, associate on her Herbert Smith Freehills' training