If the firm were a fictional character it would be... Kevin McAllister (Home Alone) – shows initiative, is highly effective and has a lot of fun
Trainees found Forsters’ ‘six-seat training contract’ and ‘West End location’ ‘big attractions’ which ‘separated it from other firms’. Forsters offers ‘comprehensive training in all areas’, and trainees get ‘a lot of responsibility’ such as ‘going to client meetings’ and ‘running files under close supervision’. One trainee reports the ‘training so far has been fairly informal, on-the-job style learning with a number of in-house seminars on legal know-how’. The ‘positive training atmosphere’ is sustained by the ‘excellent standard of supervision’. It is an ‘open and non-hierarchal working environment’, aided by the ‘cleverly laid out open-plan office’, and recruits can ‘happily ask questions or advice from partners’. Trainees are ‘strongly encouraged to use support services and are rarely stuck with tedious tasks such as administration and photocopying’. Although the ‘work could be more varied’, there are no ‘crazy hours’ and trainees are ‘treated like human beings’. There is ‘no face-time culture’ which means a ‘good work/life balance’, and seven Lex 100 Winner medals are proof of trainees’ contentment. One trainee suggested the ‘downside of having a four month seat meant you have to move seats just as you are getting settled in’ but inevitably ‘there are upsides too’. Best moments for trainees so far include ‘working on a high-profile divorce case’, ‘accompanying a partner and solicitor on a business trip to Singapore’ and a supervisor telling one trainee he would like to see them ‘qualify into his department’. If you are looking for a ‘supportive environment’ and a ‘good work/life balance’ look no further than Forsters.