Law firm Irwin Mitchell is to welcome their first national cohort of apprentices this September. After almost 700 applications, 12 candidates were chosen to start their apprenticeship careers at one of the UK’s leading law firms. Nine of them will follow the Paralegal Apprenticeship programme, delivered by CILEx Law School.
They will join the firm on a two-year fixed-term contract and will be based in four offices within the firm – Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Leeds. The Sheffield office is taking on apprentices in its Personal Injury, Motor and Commercial Litigation teams. In Birmingham, students will join the Personal Injury and Employment law teams. In Leeds, apprentices will join the firm’s Real Estate team and in the London office, they will become part of the Personal Injury and Serious Injury teams.
The apprenticeship inductions began in early September 2016 and concluded with a speech from Andrew Tucker, Group Chief Executive of Irwin Mitchell and Partner: “It was great to meet the new team as they start their career with us, and I’ll look forward to hearing how they get on. Apprenticeships can be employed in a number of roles and it is something we are hoping to build on in the future as an additional pathway into employment for young people looking for an alternative route to university.”
John Flathers, a partner who will be taking on an apprentice in his Real Estate team, said: “I am proud and excited that we are able to provide an opportunity of a career in the law at such a young age. We have offered the apprentice position to some very talented people who I am sure will add to our firm in all kinds of ways.
“I have been involved in our journey to this point from the start and probably the most telling moment for me was attending an apprentice fair in March with an attendance of nearly 5000 people. That is how important the apprentice initiative is. I can’t wait to see how our new recruits develop and forge a long term career in the law.”
Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships, said: “CILEx Law School has strong employer links in the legal sector and law firms are increasingly using this training to develop staff into fee earning roles through apprenticeships. We have been working closely with Irwin Mitchell for a number of years and it is rewarding to see the firm expand their training programme to include apprenticeships. We wish this new cohort well and look forward to supporting them and Irwin Mitchell.”