Solicitors’ firm embraces new legal apprenticeship scheme

National law firm Ashfords LLP is to hire ten legal apprentices in its Exeter office and one into its Tiverton office. Seven will follow the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration and three will follow the new Trailblazer Paralegal Apprenticeship.

Recruitment will start now for employment in September 2016. The Intermediate apprentices will either be based in the Conveyancing department or spend six months in each of the firm’s core divisions – Commercial Services, Real Estate and Infrastructure and Private Client. The paralegal apprentices will be based in the Property Litigation and Commercial Property teams respectively.

The apprenticeship training will be delivered by CILEx Law School, a leading distance learning law school owned by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Ken Bryant, Head of Human Resources at Ashfords, said, “At Ashfords, we want to encourage the growth and development of young people in our local communities and offer career opportunities to those who want to pursue alternative routes into law. Ashfords offers a wide range of career opportunities in law and in business support and this initiative contributes to that commitment and we look forward to offering these new career opportunities.”

Hilary Stevenson, Learning & Development Manager at Ashfords, said, “We are really excited about the new legal apprentice scheme and the scope this will bring to continue our work on new paths to careers in law. Our apprentices will have the opportunity to develop as individuals and grow their careers in an environment which supports people to be the ‘best that they can’.”

Jenny Pelling, director of Business and Apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, said: “Ashfords understands the opportunities that legal apprenticeships provide for targeted training in specific job roles. We look forward to working with Ashfords to develop ten young people from their local communities into future employees over the course of the apprenticeship programme.”