Addleshaw Goddard will offer apprenticeships in its transaction services team from this autumn, with each apprentice gaining an NVQ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.
The scheme, currently advertised in schools and colleges, will offer ten apprentices roles in Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester office and may expand to a larger cohort in the future. Apprentices will be paid £12,000 per year and each will have a mentor and be trained in-house, as well as receiving external training to help them complete their NVQ and be able to progress into other roles in the transaction services team.
Addleshaw’s transaction services team was set up in 2011 to save clients money and ensure that the firm’s associates were not saddled with routine work and enable them to work on relationship-building skills (7 February 2011). It was one of the first firms to disaggregate work in order to allow better training and development of its lawyers.
The new apprentices will initially focus on adminsitrative work including completing standard forms and processing documentation. They will then move on to more skilled work such as checking documents for quality and consistency and legal research as part of due dilligence exercises or litigation cases.
The transaction services team currently consists of 80 paralegals. It has grown rapidly since being established in 2010, when it had around 20 paralegals, and the firm expects to deliver at least 10 per cent of its work through the team by 2015.
Andrew Chamberlain, head of client delivery, said in a statement: “By resourcing work differently, we are creating an environment that is attractive to talented individuals across all levels of our business and we’re excited about providing students with an alternative path into an international law firm.
“Going to university is not the right option for all, and this new structured career development opportunity is a credible alternative for talented, ambitious young people who prefer vocational learning as an entry point into an dynamic, long-term and rewarding career in law.”