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19 December 2016

Charles Russell Speechlys recruits first Solicitor Apprentices

Leading law firm Charles Russell Speechlys recently launched its Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme and is recruiting two solicitor apprentices for the London office, starting in September 2017.

Louise Ward, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said: “We are very excited to launch this all important initiative. It is a great opportunity for individuals to experience an alternative route into the legal profession and for us to find talented future lawyers."

Training will be delivered by CILEx Law School and City Law School, with the apprentices attending teaching sessions at the City Law School’s campus. The apprentices will be fortunate to experience all the core areas of the firm and will rotate across the various service and sector lines.

Elaine Emmington, Director of HR at Charles Russell Speechlys, said: “We have already had talented young people from the Legal Social Mobility Programme join us on work experience and can see the potential for us to recruit school leavers. It’s an exciting prospect for us to reach out to local schools in this way.”

The firm is also working with schools in the PRIME initiative and has already begun promoting the vacancies to schools.

Angela Jackman, Senior Lecturer at The City Law School said: “We welcome this innovative scheme as it has the potential to open up the legal profession to individuals from less traditional backgrounds, whilst maintaining rigorous standards. We launched the scheme in September 2016 and are very pleased with its progress.”

Jenny Pelling, Director of Business and Apprenticeships at CILEx Law School, said: “Firms are looking at ways to improve diversity through the apprenticeship programme, whilst utilising their levy payments. They want to attract talented people who are unsure about going to university but are still eager for a legal career.”

Find out more about the Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme here.

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