Legal Apprenticeships on the rise in Merseyside

Two leading providers of vocational legal training have joined forces to enhance the range of legal apprenticeship opportunities available to law firms and young people on Merseyside. 

Damar Training has been at the forefront of the development of the new legal apprenticeships accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and now has a network of trainers working with law firms and their staff across the country. The Law Academy is one of the country’s largest private class based providers of CILEx training. The partnership gives North West based law firms the opportunity to access legal apprenticeships and CILEx qualifications from a single source. 

Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director commented: 

“We are delighted to be working with Helen and her team at The Law Academy. Different employers and students have different needs and, for some, a classroom-based model, where training is delivered away from the office, is ideal. This is complemented by workplace based 1:1 support and assessment delivered by Damar to ensure that the skills and knowledge are being put into practice.” 

Helen Miller, Managing Director of The Law Academy added: 

“We are very excited to be working together with Damar Training, extending the CILEx training portfolio we already provide. Our longstanding expertise in the delivery of CILEx qualifications to now encompass legal apprenticeships is a natural and very welcomed development. We will be utilising our Liverpool City Centre training rooms together with our e-learning environment to ensure a fully inclusive learning environment for apprentices for the knowledge-based components of the apprenticeships. We very much look forward to our partnership with Damar going from strength to strength, working with employers and apprentices.” 

Legal apprenticeships are designed to develop the legal, practice and business skills of people working in legal administrative and paralegal roles. They can be tailored for a range of practice areas, including property, family, civil litigation, personal injury, debt recovery, private client and employment. Students can then go on, via further study, to become qualified lawyers. 

Government funding can cover as much as 100% of the apprenticeship training costs and grants of £1,500 are available to firms new to apprenticeships, making this a very cost effective way to attract, develop and retain new members of staff. Existing staff of all ages can also be eligible for full or partial funding, providing they don’t already have qualifications higher than A level. 

For more information about legal apprenticeships please call Helen Miller at The Law Academy on 0151 225 0289 or Jonathan Bourne at Damar on 0161 480 8171.


About Damar Training

Damar Training ( is a specialist provider of apprenticeship recruitment and training, helping employers to improve the skills and productivity of both new and existing staff. Employers that Damar works with include large private and public organisations as well as many professional and owner-managed businesses. Damar is the country’s leading apprenticeship provider to the legal sector and had pioneered the development of the new legal apprenticeship pathway. 

About The Law Academy

The Law Academy Ltd ( is based in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. They specialise in the delivery of CILEx training courses. Being one of the largest class based CILEx providers in the country, they pride themselves on the support they give their students and many employers. 

They mould the business to the needs of the legal community and to new and developing enterprises by providing a quality, comprehensive range of courses, with focus on the changing needs of the market.

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