Three apprentices have started out on their legal careers at commercial law firm Bevan Brittan – the second intake at the firm this financial year as business volumes continue to grow.
The three apprentices follow on from a cohort of three that joined the firm last September, in addition to its graduate trainees.
The apprenticeship is open to candidates who have completed their A levels, and those who are taken on will do a two year programme at Bevan Brittan which will see them achieve CILEx accredited qualifications, setting them on the path to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive.
The apprentices spend four days a week working alongside solicitors in Bevan Brittan’s offices, and one day a week studying for their academic qualification. All qualification fees and costs are paid for by the firm, in addition to which the apprentices receive a salary – making it an attractive route into the legal profession.
Apprentice Dean Humphries, who will be based in the firm’s Birmingham office, described the apprenticeship as “a perfect route to becoming a solicitor without the debt and demand of university” while Jonathan Whitaker, who will be based in Leeds, said that apprenticeships give “invaluable practical experience”. For Bristol-based Laura Pearce, the attraction was “on-the-job experience” combined with “the option for further progression in the future.”
Duncan Weir, Managing Partner at Bevan Brittan, said: “We are delighted to welcome a new intake of apprentices to Bevan Brittan. We know that, in order to attract the best talent available, we need to offer multiple pathways into the firm. Our apprenticeship scheme is an important supplement to our graduate intake.
“This is our second intake of apprentices during the financial year, which we are able to make due to our continued expansion and business growth and I'm really pleased that Jonathan has started in our new Leeds office.
“These are all talented individuals who have the potential to forge successful careers as lawyers, and I wish them every success in their time with us.”