Shearman revamps mentoring scheme for trainees

Shearman & Sterling has overhauled its trainee development programme to give the firm’s future recruits more face time with partners.

Newly appointed training principal Iain Scoon will, as of this month (September), have three one-on-one meetings with all of the firm’s trainee solicitors during their training contract. He will also be available for discussions with trainees about qualification towards the end of the two years.

The meetings will supplement Shearman’s existing trainee forum, which takes place quarterly and enables trainees to air grievances to partners, including London managing partner Nicholas Buckworth.

Scoon said: “”We’re always looking for ways to enhance our trainee programme. I spoke to our trainees and graduate recruitment team to see what thoughts people had. Between us we came up with the idea of me having at least three one-on-one meetings with each trainee during their training contract.”

“Our trainees seem very pleased with the concept. They’ve been keen to discuss topics that are important to them and to have one partner they can consistently talk to throughout their training contract,” he added.

A further change that has been introduced will see trainees select their own mentors. This was made possible by giving trainees the opportunity to attend various events during their month-long induction with associates so they can get to know each other better. Such sessions included lunches, a treasure hunt and a summer party.