Wakefield-based residential conveyancing firm Beaumont Legal has launched a training academy, aiming to produce the next generation of lawyers and advance the skills of those already working with the firm.
Partner and head of conveyancing Nick Masheder said that the investment was prompted by Beaumont Legal’s growth ambitions. He added: “It’s not only vital that we can attract the best recruits but also that we support them and help them advance within the firm.”
The training academy provides the opportunity for individuals who have already completed their legal practice course (LPC) to start as a legal assistant and progress to being a fully-qualified solicitor and team leader within three years.
Academy training manager Sarah Thornton asserted that the academy will ensure that “trainees are competent and can experience all the different scenarios that can potentially arise in conveyancing and guide trainees through the process every step of the way”.
The academy involves a full induction programme, as well as five modules of the Training Academy within their first 12 months, with a further four modules over the next two years as they progress to potentially become a team leader. The firm also provides a different structure for those joining the firm with previous experience allowing them to skip modules.
Opportunities to become a fully-qualified solicitor are somewhat limited as the relatively small number of partners means that there are only four training contracts on offer per year. Therefore, only the most promising candidates are awarded training contracts. Other academy graduates go on to become team leaders and specialise in conveyancing.
The firm is not the first to launch an in-house training academy. West Country firm Foot Anstey launched a similar scheme earlier this month (11 August 2014).