Managing partner at Knights calls current training model outdated

Beech: "The sector has changed... the training system needs to reflect that."

Beech: “The sector has changed…the training system needs to reflect that.”

Speaking to The Lawyer, managing partner at Knights Solicitors, David Beech, spoke about how the traditional training model is outdated because it remains unchanged for thirty years. The Midlands firm introduced an apprenticeship scheme which has graduates work as paralegals for a year before undergoing training.

Beech said: “Students today are being taught the same way I was taught 30 years ago and the legal system is not the same as it was then. The sector has changed. It will continue to change dramatically in the next 10 years and the training system needs to reflect that.

“It’s about helping people to launch their careers in a progressive way. While qualification is delayed, the paralegals qualify when they’re actually ready to do the job. The current training contract squeezes too much into two years.”

“What business sense is there in hiring someone for two years who you do not know at all? We train our lawyers through an apprenticeship scheme and this way we get to know who they are and who we are investing in. On top of this they are often dedicated to a specific client and so get to know that client and the relevant work inside out.”