International law firm Addleshaw Goddard held a Legal Apprenticeship Evening on 27 August 2015 at its offices in Manchester to congratulate its first eight apprentices on the completion of their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services course. The event also doubled as an open evening for new candidates who have applied for the 12 apprenticeship places being offered in the firm’s Manchester and Leeds offices, which will commence later this month.
The apprenticeship scheme has been so successful that all eight of the original intake, who were taken on in September 2013, have now taken up Grade 1 Paralegal posts with the option of full funding by the firm for the further training necessary to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executives.
Mike Potter, Head of the Transaction Services Team, in which the apprentices are employed, said: “We recruited apprentices with sound A levels coupled with first-class training and through CILEx Law School we have been more than impressed with the contribution that apprentices have made to the organisation”.
The Transaction Services Team (TST) focuses on tasks that are found in major legal assignments but which do not necessarily need to be done by qualified lawyers, such as document reviewing, due diligence and e-disclosure, as well as process elements of transactional, advisory and litigation work.
The new intake of apprentices will also be taught by CILEx Law School, who deliver apprenticeships nationwide. Noel Inge, Managing Director of CILEx Law School, said: “We are pleased to be selected by Addleshaw Goddard to deliver the legal apprenticeship programme again, as well as developing their paralegals to become Chartered Legal Executives through their in-house academy”.
The new 2015 cohort of apprentices