Gordons appoints latest apprentices

Yorkshire law firm Gordons has welcomed its latest cohort of apprentices as part of a scheme that will allow them to break into the legal profession without completing a degree.

The social mobility initiative enables the three eighteen year olds to learn the practical skills necessary to qualify as legal executives through on-the-job training and supervised fee-earning work without the need for them to incur the cost of attending university.

Holly Buxton, from Wakefield, along with Liam Fisher, from Garforth, and Megan Boldison, from Crossgates, have joined the firm’s apprenticeship scheme after completing their A-levels.

During the four-year-apprenticeship they will gain practical experience as members of its specialist teams while studying via day release to become legal executive lawyers.

Initially the apprentices will work in the firm’s commercial property team, residential conveyancing department, and with its contentious personal law specialists.

Managing partner Paul Ayre said: “We believe strongly that entry to the legal profession should be open to as many talented people as possible and shouldn’t be determined by individual circumstance. Our first group of apprentices have done brilliantly and I have no doubt Holly, Liam and Megan will follow suit.”

The selection of the newcomers followed a series of presentations about the apprenticeship scheme by Gordons staff to sixth-formers in West Yorkshire, the interviewing by partners of interested candidates and a week’s monitored work experience at the firm.

To date Browne Jacobson, Co-operative Legal Services, DWF, Irwin Mitchell, Kennedys, Minster Law, Plexus law and Pinsent Masons have all launched legal apprenticeship schemes (6 February 2012).