The firm operates in the commercial, public, health and insurance sectors, and employs over 760 staff, including over 300 lawyers and 98 partners, supported by a team of professional specialists.
2012 – six recruits to the Intermediate Apprenticeship
Browne Jacobson was an early adopter of the apprenticeship model for staff recruitment and training. In 2012 it was one of the first law firms to take advantage of the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration, which was the first apprenticeship qualification to be developed for the legal services sector.
The firm took on six apprentices from Nottinghamshire, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable employment at one of the region’s leading law firms whilst gaining industry recognised qualifications.
At the time, Susan Mabbott, partner at Browne Jacobson, said: “As a local employer we have a commitment to invest in the future of the communities we serve. We firmly believe that this new apprenticeship pathway, with its opportunity of immediate work and the chance to study towards a credible qualification without racking up a mountain of debt, will prove an attractive proposition to many young people.”
The apprentices were taken on to support Browne Jacobson’s Technical Claims, Social Care, Environment and Medical Negligence teams in a range of file progression activities.
2014 – sixteen apprentices enrolled on Advanced Apprenticeship
Browne Jacobson recruited a new intake of apprentices to train at Level 3. The original cohort of Intermediate apprentices were also ready to progress to this apprenticeship. In total 12 young people enrolled on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services in early 2014. The government pays all fees if an apprentice is still aged 18 at the time the apprenticeship starts; for those aged 19-23 50% is payable by the employer. The enrolment of 12 young people on to this scheme represented an investment of £37,000.
A further four apprentices were recruited and enrolled on the Advanced Apprenticeship in have been recruited in autumn 2014.
2016 – original apprentices due to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship
The Level 3 apprenticeship provides progression to the first stage of Chartered Legal Executive training. Employers have the opportunity at the end of the apprenticeship to continue to invest in those who have shown the ability and commitment, by sponsoring them through further CILEx training so that they can become the firm’s next generation of qualified lawyers.