DAC Beachcroft rolls out apprenticeships

Top-20 firm DAC Beachcroft is recruiting two legal apprentices for its Real Estate team following a successful pilot. This move will increase the total number of legal apprentices at the firm to seven.

Five apprentices were taken on in September in the Claims Solutions business, and the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency team.

The two new vacancies are in Bristol and Leeds, and the firm is looking for school leaver candidates who have 280 UCAS points at A Level or equivalent to become legal apprentices on the property pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. The recruitment is being handled by Vision Apprentices while the knowledge and skills training will be delivered by CILEx Law School.
Therese Tyson, Diversity and Learning HR Manager at DAC Beachcroft, said: “We have been delighted with how easily the legal apprentices have fitted into the organisation and can see that they will be a valuable asset in the Real Estate department too.”
Morag Joyce, a Partner in the Real Estate team who was closely involved in developing the apprenticeship programme, commented: “Recruiting apprentices into the Real Estate team is an exciting development for us and I’m very pleased to see the fruition of the work DAC Beachcroft contributed to developing the legal apprenticeship route.
“The Real Estate apprentices will learn quickly how to work on live legal matters. Their training will be carefully planned and they will work in a supportive team environment, actively contributing to the DAC Beachcroft business.”
The legal apprentices will initially handle such matters as preparing pro-forma letters and conducting administrative tasks such as scanning, filing and archiving, and carrying out property searches using our current systems. Their responsibilities will grow as they work their way through the CILEx courses that form part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. They will become specialist paralegals on completing the apprenticeship within 18 to 24 months.

Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School, said: “Within three months, the firm has seen such a clear benefit of adopting the legal apprenticeship route in their Claims Solutions team that it’s now being adopted by the Real Estate team too.

“This is evidence of the benefit of legal apprenticeships. For DAC Beachcroft to have taken the decision to expand the model in such a short time indicates how much value they place on this route as a business.”

To discuss how your organisation could benefit from legal apprenticeships call Jenny Pelling, Business Director, on 01234 844326 or email j.pelling@cilexlawschool.ac.uk .