February 10, 2023
Wilsons is excited to be celebrating its third National Apprenticeship Week together with our graduate apprentices Isaac Abraham, Shayne Brown, Lorela Mehmeti, Nick O’Loughnan, Alaa Ahmed, Giulietta Grassi, Beatrice Hill, Oscar Fransden, our post A level solicitor apprentice Zara Haleem and our new graduate apprentices Sara Snakenbroek Bellieni, Anna Olney-Smith, Lizi Smart, and Maeve Fennelly (L-R above at their University of Law induction).
We are so proud of all of you!
Having all gained a law degree or completed a law conversion course and completed over a year’s work here at Wilsons, our twelve graduate apprentices are all now following the apprenticeship path to qualification rather than the traditional LPC/training contract route. They spend four days each week on casework, gaining valuable experience and developing their legal skills in a similar way to a traditional training contract. Alongside that, they spend one day a week on ‘off-the-job’ training, including preparation for the SQE exams, with the University of Law, funded by the government’s apprenticeship scheme with an employer contribution from us. On successful completion they will be admitted to the roll of solicitors in the usual way, with our first cohort due to qualify later 2023.
Our post A level solicitor apprentice Zara joined us in September 2021 and is following a similar path over six years, gaining a law degree along the way.
Both solicitor apprentice schemes offer an affordable alternative to the traditional LPC route to qualification and we very much hope it will go some way towards opening up the profession to those who would not otherwise be able to access it.
We’re especially proud this year to have been awarded Employer of the Year in the Management Legal and Professional Services category of the Multicultural Apprenticeships Awards 2022 and to have been shortlisted too in the Small and Medium Employer of the Year category.
Read more about our award in the Law Gazette here, more about our apprenticeships at Wilsons on our website here, and more general information about solicitor apprenticeships here and for employers here.
For any questions about apprenticeships at Wilsons please contact our Public Law partner Katy Robinson.
If you would like to instruct Felicity to help you with a family law case, please contact family department secretary, Mavis, for an appointment on 0202 8885 7986.