Law apprentices are ‘instrumental’ to the success of firms, says employer

A law firm in Yorkshire is championing the introduction of apprenticeships at their company, saying that the work the young employees carry out is integral to the running of their offices.

As reported by the Yorkshire Post, the decision of law firm Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley, which has offices in Leeds and Sheffield, to be one of the first companies to take on higher level legal apprentices is thus far proving profitable.

Callum Jackson, 18, who joined the Leeds office to be based in the corporate finance department, and Daniel Higgins, 19, who is working for the residential property team in Sheffield, will recieve undergraduate-level legal qualifications awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal executives (CILEX) on completion of the apprenticeship.

Richard Marshall, Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley’s managing director, commented: “Legal apprenticeships are part of a whole new business model.

“Offering young people an opportunity to train in this way gets them into rewarding, interesting work and enables us to develop our staff from the start; embedding the special values and commitment our lawyers have. It also means they will be trained in a practical business environment so they can quickly develop their potential.”

Barbara Rollin, a partner at Gordons LLP, the first firm to launch the higher apprenticeship scheme three years ago, said: “The closely monitored and supervised contribution our apprentices make has already been instrumental in hundreds of thousands of pounds-worth of work being generated, and we receive glowing feedback on their ability and efforts from their senior colleagues.”