Withers launches legal apprenticeship scheme

International law firm Withers is proud to be one of the first firms to offer solicitor apprenticeships in London under the new Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law initiative. Four apprentices start the BPP Level 7 course at the firm in September 2017.

Withers has offered legal apprentice positions since 2014 through CILEX Law School. Two new apprentices join the firm this September to commence the solicitor apprenticeship course through BPP Law School alongside two existing apprentices who have gained experience at the firm over the past few years.

The Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law programme is supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Education as an alternative to higher education and Withers has played a key role in helping to shape the legal apprentice programme through Trailblazers' steering committee.

Ceri Vokes, Withers training partner, says: “We are delighted to commence the Trailblazer programme this September, after several years of preparation and work. The majority of other law firms offering access to the solicitor Trailblazer course are doing so in their offices outside London, and we are proud to be one of the few that are offering this in the City. Legal apprenticeships are ideal for bright A level students who want to pursue a legal career which could otherwise have been impossible due to the cost of higher education."

Tricia Chatterton, Director of Legal Apprenticeship Programmes at BPP, says “It’s a really exciting time in the legal sector, with increasing numbers of hugely impressive applicants looking to take the Solicitor Apprenticeship route to qualification and it has been a real pleasure working with Withers to support the creation of their first Solicitor Apprenticeships and helping to meet that demand”.

The Trailblazers programme enables school leavers to train as they work, with the aim of qualifying as solicitors, paralegals or Chartered Legal Executives, and significantly broadens access to roles in the legal industry.

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More information on the firm's four apprentices is available in the attached profile documents.

About Withers

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With over 160 partners and more than 450 other lawyers, we have unparalleled expertise in commercial, tax, trusts, estate planning, financial services, litigation and arbitration, real estate, charities, philanthropy, employment, family law and other legal issues facing individuals and their families. The firm has advised 51% of the top 100 UK Sunday Times Rich List and over 20% of the top 100 US Forbes list, as well as numerous families in Asia.