As recruitment and retention become pressing issues for law firms and in-house counsel alike, training has stepped to the fore.

Training programmes, mentoring and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities have become crucial ‘weapons’ in the battle to recruit top-level lawyers.

In particular, lawyers considering the move in-house are being tempted by the opportunities to develop commercial and ‘soft’ skills through mentoring and inhouse-specific CPD modules.

This Training Special Report also analyses the benefits of providing students with practical experience in the courtroom through situated learning.

Meanwhile, as the McCartney-Mills divorce proceedings highlight, media management training can be critical for lawyers involved in high-profile matters.