Metis Law says ‘you’re hired’ after Apprentice-style recruitment drive

A Leeds law firm has successfully piloted an Apprentice-style graduate recruitment initiative to find its ideal trainee solicitor.

Natalie Milnes

Natalie Milnes

Metis Law put a shortlist of candidates through their paces by throwing them into tasks that mirrored the hit television programme.

Metis Law founding partner Paul Cooper said: “We knew there would again be fewer law firms than usual looking to take on trainees but we were knocked over not only by the quantity of applications, but also their quality.

“We wanted to buck the trend in two areas – not just by taking someone on in the current economic climate, but also by doing so in a ground-breaking way.”

The aspiring lawyers took part in two tasks in-house, one of which involved coming up with an innovative marketing strategy for the firm. This was followed by an exam question and an interview with a partner.

The successful candidate, Natalie Milnes, beat the challenges to land the job at the boutique commercial law firm.

Milnes added: “The process meant we all had to think on our feet and demonstrate a wide range of skills in meeting the tasks that were set – from communications and teamwork, to an eye for a new business lead.”