Kennedys recruits seven new legal apprentices to build on success of 2012 intake

International law firm Kennedys has recruited a further seven apprentices to build on the success of the ten apprentices who were taken on last year.

The seven apprentices will take up their posts on 30 September in a number of offices throughout the country following a a week-long induction in London.

The new intake of apprentices will be doing the CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services scheme, which has only become available this month, and is designed to train staff as competent paralegals. The apprenticeships will be delivered through CILEx Law School and Vision Apprentices.

Five of the apprentices have just left school, one had a gap year and one has been working at Kennedys as a paralegal. The school leavers have elected to take up this opportunity rather than go to university.

Charlotte Willis (18) will be working in the Sheffield office in the personal injury team. She is 18 and did A levels in English Language, Spanish and General Studies at the Elizabethan Academy in Retford. Charlotte said: “I had offers from universities but decided against going, as I felt the academic qualifications and practical experience I would get from the apprenticeship was a much better route into law.”

Surayah Kerswell (18) is from Liverpool and will be working in the Manchester office in Kennedys’ Fraud Team. She sat her A levels this summer at the Liverpool Blue Coat School and has just got back from spending time in China.

Emma Phipps, HR Manager at Kennedys said: “The partnership between Kennedys and CILEx Law School is further evidence of how progressive law firms are broadening their approach to legal recruitment, recognising that some of the best potential lawyers of the future can be recruited on leaving school.”

Jenny Pelling, Business Director for CILEx Law School said: “These young people are full of enthusiasm for the opportunity they’ve been given to forge a legal career and receive training whilst they’re working. It’s also a pleasure to see the first year of Kennedys’ Legal Administration apprentices from 2012 progressing shortly to the Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services with us, and becoming mentors to the new recruits”.

The apprentices join Kennedys at a time of considerable interest in apprenticeships in the professions overall, and especially progression routes for law. These new recruits at the firm will gain exemptions from part of CILEx’s professional qualifications on successful completion of their apprenticeship.

The formal launch of the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services is being hosted by Kennedys on 30 September 2013. Representatives from Kennedys are also involved with the launch of Professions Week at the House of Commons on 21 October 2013, which aims to encourage the professions to offer opportunities to school leavers, just as Kennedys is doing with this scheme.

The photo is of the apprentices during their London induction. The apprentices in the photo are:
Back row far left: Surayah Kerswell; Back row left: Charlotte Willis; Back row far right: Kelly Stone
Front row left to right: Lewis McAuley; Ben Parry; Owen Lowry; Georgia Francis