Ten young people started work this week as legal apprentices at top-25 law firm Addleshaw Goddard. The recruits will work in the Transaction Services Team in Manchester and receive a starting salary of £12,000 plus benefits. The apprenticeship will be delivered by CILEx Law School.
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 review, due diligence and e-disclosure, as well as process elements of transactional, advisory and litigation work.
The apprentices have been recruited for their enthusiasm, ambition and motivation. They are all school leavers, who have demonstrated a passion for working in law, and who wanted a different route into the profession.
One of the apprentices, Bethany Bilton , who has recently completed BTECs at Oldham College, was part of Addleshaw Goddard’s Legal Access Scheme in summer 2012. Marcus Lunt  achieved English Language, Geography and Biology A levels at Carmel College in Merseyside. He had a series of part time jobs at the same time as studying for his A levels. Jamie-Lee Harris [19,] who studied BTECs at Birkenhead College, worked part time at Costa Coffee while at college.
Andrew Chamberlain, Head of Client Delivery, said: “The Legal Services market is undergoing a revolution at the moment. We’re allocating work in a totally new way and have set ourselves the target of delivering 10 per cent of everything we do through the TST by 2014. This additional resource is part of that different delivery model and offers a very exciting career path for individuals for whom university is not the preferred route.”
The apprentices will study for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which combines training in law and legal practice with the development of workplace skills.
Andrew Loach, Chief Operating Officer and Head of TST added: “Training is a key part of our corporate culture and our approach to the development of these apprentices will be no different.”
Jenny Pelling, Business Director at CILEx Law School, said: “The legal apprenticeship scheme is an ideal fit for the innovative service provided by the Transaction Services Team. The firm is giving a great opportunity to local young people to enter the legal profession.”
Sandra Cowley, Managing Director of Vision Apprentices, who handled the recruitment, said “This is a significant apprenticeship development in the North West and we’ve received considerable interest from young people in the legal apprenticeship scheme, who prefer this route to university.”
Nine of the ten apprentices are in the photo: top row (left to right) Marcus Lunt, Gabriella Knowles, Jessica Brow and Bethany Bilton; bottom row (left to right) Eleanor Godwin, Jodie Keenan, Jamie-Lee Harris, Marianne O’Reilly and Connor McKinney.