High street and specialist local law firms are taking advantage of apprenticeship funding to hire young people from their local areas.
Chris Rudd Solicitors in Warrington, Haywards Solicitors in Stowmarket, and Bruce Lance & Co in High Wycombe are all currently looking to recruit their first apprentices. Other firms who are seeing the benefit of recruiting legal apprentices include Wimborne-based Newnham and Jordan Solicitors and boutique Oxford-based private client firm The Burnside Partnership, both of whom have recently recruited their second legal apprentices.
Keith Dixon, Managing Partner at Bruce Lance & Co said: “We are excited at the opportunity of recruiting an apprentice to our law firm. As we develop and expand our business, we welcome the fresh ideas that an apprentice will bring.”
Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, said: “It’s a win-win for employer and apprentice. Law firms acquire an enthusiastic and committed pair of hands they can mould to their practice, with training sponsored by government. The apprentices get invaluable hands on experience, at times with more responsibility, a wider range of tasks and more direct mentoring from senior practitioners than they may have had in a larger organisation.”
The Burnside Partnership incorporated apprenticeships into its business plan very early on, even before they had actually set up, an approach which has proved successful.
Fiona Wheeler, partner at The Burnside Partnership says: “Chloe is a vital member of our team and very important to the future of our firm. We are so impressed by our experiences with CILEx Law School. Chloe’s CILEx Law School assessor really understands the commercial realities of a law firm and helps us to balance Chloe’s training needs with the demands of our clients. I recommend taking on an apprentice to everyone all of the time!”
Angie Newnham, Managing Director and Head of Property and Private Client at Newnham and Jordan Solicitors said: “As a small firm, it is essential that we recruit people who are able to fit into and support the team on a day-to-day basis. We have found that our apprentices are keen, flexible and willing to learn. This, coupled with CILEx Law School’s rigorous training and the nurturing environment we strive to provide them with means they are up and running very quickly.”