Bethyn Finley works as a litigation assistant at JB Leitch - a highly specialised law firm based in Liverpool - and has been placed on a legal apprenticeship as part of her career development. She’s working towards a Level 3 Advanced Legal Services Award and, once completed, Bethyn is looking to further her career by progressing on to a higher legal qualification.
With support and guidance from her colleagues, her confidence and skills have grown and she is now looking forward to a bright future within the legal sector. Here’s her story so far.
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
After completing my A-Levels, I chose to continue my studies at university, but after my first year, I decided that it wasn’t for me. I found it difficult to concentrate in a classroom, so I chose to go into full-time work. I started working as a litigation assistant at JB Leitch and, as part of my personal development review, I was offered the opportunity to join a legal apprenticeship and study whilst working. This really appealed to me as I wanted to continue working, but was also keen to learn more about the industry and improve my skills - this is, ultimately, what’s helped me to develop within my role and is the reason why I enjoy it so much.
What does your role as an apprentice at JB Leitch entail?
My day-to-day role at JB Leitch focuses on case management. This includes using our case management software and preparing various correspondence and court documents. I also spend a lot of my working day liaising with clients, financial institutions and defendant law firms, to ensure a swift and favourable outcome for our clients. My role is very varied, which I really enjoy as I’m always keeping busy and learning new skills.
What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
For me, the element I enjoyed most was gaining valuable knowledge and advice from my colleagues. It’s been a fantastic learning curve for me and I wouldn’t have learnt as much about how the firm operates if I were based in a classroom. I’ve enjoyed working with people in different departments as it has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how important everyone’s roles are and how the smooth operation of each department is vital to the success of the business. I feel that being exposed to so much information is allowing me to successfully progress through my apprenticeship and believe it will help me to develop within my future career at JB Leitch.
What was your personal highlight of the apprenticeship?
For me, the highlight was passing my exams. I was quite anxious about taking them as I’ve struggled in the past, but the team at JB Leitch has been extremely supportive and has been on hand to offer advice and guidance when I’ve needed it. Working alongside my apprenticeship has definitely helped, too, as it has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how to handle certain situations. Some of these scenarios were actually covered in the exams, so I felt confident when answering them.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
My advice for any school leavers looking for the right career path is to explore all avenues available. University is suited to some people, but not everyone. My role has not only provided me with knowledge, but it’s also allowed me to gain real-life experience within a working environment, and has taught me things that I may not have learnt at college or university. There’s a great range of high-quality apprenticeships available to young people, so it’s definitely worth considering if you like the idea of earning whilst you learn.
Andy Hull, operations director at JB Leitch, said: “Always armed with a smile and can-do attitude, Bethyn is a huge asset to our team. We offered her the opportunity to join the apprenticeship during her personal development review, so that she could complete an industry-recognised qualification whilst still doing her day-to-day role.
“Since joining the apprenticeship, her confidence and passion for the role has grown considerably. It’s given her the opportunity to develop as an individual and will continue to provide her with the tools and skills that she needs to become successful within the legal sector.”