JASMINE IVORY Associate, Contentious Probate
I joined Michelmores as a trainee in 2015 and, following qualification in 2017, am now one of the Firm’s Trainee Mentors. The Trainee Mentors are a group of junior lawyers who have very recently been in your shoes, experienced seat rotation and have a detailed knowledge of the training process and the Firm. We act as a sounding board for all of our trainees, are able to provide guidance, help you find answers to your questions and are committed to supporting you and your training needs. As part of my role as a Mentor I help chair the bi-monthly ‘Trainee MiVoice’ sessions. Each peer group of lawyers and support staff across the Firm have regular ‘MiVoice’ meetings, which are a forum to share ideas, discuss feedback and help shape the way the Firm operates. The Firm supports the trainees from the moment of recruitment through to qualification and beyond.
Prior to joining I remember having lots of questions about the Firm, study choices and about what will be expected of you as a new trainee. It was therefore really helpful to be paired with a current trainee buddy who was able to provide an insight into life as a Michelmores trainee and was a familiar face on my first day. The seat rotation process is a key feature of the training contract and I remember it always being a hot topic of discussion! Support is provided from our Training Principal and HR at key stages throughout your Training Contract, but particularly at seat rotation and approaching qualification so that you can openly discuss what you want to achieve, how that might be accomplished and how the Firm can support you. As a group of Trainee Mentors, we are also always available to talk about these key decisions and can share our experiences and advice.
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