Learning and Development
We are often asked what approach we take to training at Fox Williams. The answer is that at Fox Williams you should not expect just training. What you will receive is a comprehensive learning and development package. Below are some other frequently asked questions and answers:
Why is Learning and Development seen as so important?
We are committed to providing up-to-date expert advice and allowing our people to grow and develop their entrepreneurial and creative skills. They can not do this unless they have access to the latest developments both from the legal field and business world.
The Fox Williams commitment to the training and development of all staff is demonstrated by the establishment of a dedicated partner within each practice group who is responsible for learning and development for the team. This partner group, called Group Training Partners, is supported by the Human Resources and Training Department, who have overall responsibility for learning and development at Fox Williams. This central resource shows a further commitment to employee learning and development at Fox Williams.
So Learning and Development is seen as a valued resource then?
Absolutely, learning and development is important for everyone at Fox Williams. All new joiners embark on a full induction during the first week, which will include learning about all of the Fox Williams processes, as well as standard software training on our IT systems. However, this is just the beginning. Throughout the year, all employees have access to a wide range of in-house training programmes organised to meet specific department and individual or group needs.
Our Human Resources and Training department are on hand to ensure all employees have access to a wide range of technical training, as well as being able to invest in specialist outside providers, who are experts in their field to help design and run courses which address specific needs. These courses utilise a variety of training medias and can range from short departmental update sessions on the most recent legal developments through to general interest seminars. For example, firm-wide equality and diversity updates for all employees.
Through the firms learning & development programme, it is hoped that everybody feels that their learning and development is taken seriously throughout their career with us.
As a lawyer, will my Learning and Development be just about Continued Professional Development (CPD)?
At Fox Williams, we believe our continued professional development goes much further than ticking the box or just meeting the law society’s minimum CPD requirements.
Your professional development is important to us, which is why we have created an environment where you will develop as a lawyer, both personally and professionally. This is why we offer such a wide range of technical and management skills learning and development, both in-house and externally if required.
But what does that mean to me as an individual?
Our personal approach enables us to clarify and to react to individual needs through development reviews and one-to-one discussions with the Human Resources and Training department will ensure that your leaning and development focuses on the firm’s Skill Standards, as well as your continued professional and personal development. We are able to achieve this by the strength of our in-house sessions, combined with our tailor made learning and development courses with outside providers, and specific learning and development programmes. If you join us, we are here to help you build on your skills and strengths and ensure a real sense of progression. Our Skill Standards Programme will see junior lawyers progress through the Skill Standards to associates level, on to senior associates and beyond.
Is training really just for lawyers?
At Fox Williams we believe professional development is an important element of everybody’s work life and we are committed to ensuring that everyone in the firm has access to learning and development. This has been demonstrated in our Investors in People Silver accreditation and for support staff, we run firm-wide learning and development as well as IT and specific software training. Support staff are not always required to undertake training as a requirement of a professional body, but this does not mean that your wish to develop your professional skills is ignored. Everybody has some form of development need even if it’s just learning how to better use the latest version of a Microsoft Software. So at Fox Williams we ensure that those who require development have access to what they need.
What if studying for a further professional qualification might help me improve the way I work, would Fox Williams be happy for me to pursue this?
We are always happy to consider how training for professional qualifications will help members of the Support Staff develop professionally. If a member of staff feels that professional qualifications would help them develop within their role then this will be supported by the Human Resources and Training department in a variety of ways including financial support where appropriate.