Kennedys is an international law firm with specialist expertise in litigation/dispute resolution and advisory services, servicing the insurance, corporate and public sectors. It has been a key employer in the development and introduction of legal apprenticeships since the first scheme became available for the legal services sector in 2012, and now employs over twenty young people on these schemes.
Addleshaw Goddard was an early adopter of legal services apprenticeships when they first became available in September 2013. The premium business law firm took on ten young people that month to work in its Transaction Services Team in Manchester, with apprenticeship delivery by CILEx Law School.
Browne Jacobson, a national law with offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham, has been a key client of CILEx Law School since 2012.
The Burnside Partnership decided to hire a legal apprentice very early on, even before they had actually set up. They needed a full time employee to work alongside their solicitors and legal secretaries, and they thought that an apprentice would be ideal because they wanted someone who was really enthusiastic, flexible and ambitious. They were confident that as a small team, they could provide a lot of support and encouragement as well as a varied workload.
National law firm Bond Dickinson has employed a new cohort of apprentices in each of the past three years. The firm recruits first-rate school leavers to follow Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services through CILEx Law School.
A group of law firms in the North East of England has led the way in developing a collaborative approach to employing solicitor apprentices. Bond Dickinson, McDaniel & Co. Solicitors, Muckle LLP, QualitySolicitors Smith Roddam and Sintons Law have created the North East Solicitor Apprenticeships initiative. Ten apprentices started work at their firms in September 2017.