Legal Apprenticeships expand in the South West

Damar Training, the specialist provider of apprenticeships to the legal sector, is growing in the South West with the appointment of Bristol based assessor Kerry Leahy. Kerry will be working with law firms in the region supporting their legal apprentices.

The legal apprenticeship pathway allows firms to recruit ambitious new entrants (Damar also offers a free apprentice recruitment service) and provides them with a structured programme of tailored training and assessment leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

With the new undergraduate level higher apprenticeship in legal services available from March 2013, apprenticeships enable progression from legal administrator to fee earner and beyond (with further study) to Chartered Legal Executive and solicitor. Government funding for training and grants of £1,500 for smaller and medium sized firms recruiting apprentices for the first time make this a highly cost-effective way for firms to develop new talent.

Kerry joins Damar after seven years working as a litigation executive specialising in personal injury work. She also has significant experience of training and mentoring new paralegal and administrative staff. She commented:

“I am very excited that firms in the South West are able to benefit from this new way to recruit and train staff. In my experience, the combination of practical experience gained in the workplace and study have been invaluable.”

Jonathan Bourne, Damar’s Managing Director added:

“We are delighted by the level of interest in legal apprenticeships, both from employers and enthusiastic and ambitious prospective apprentices. The legal apprenticeship pathway provides a real opportunity for firms of all sizes to attract new talent into the profession.”

The Bristol office of award winning national law firm TLT has several legal apprentices starting work in January 2013 as well as a number of further vacancies. Potential applicants should contact Damar for more information.

To find out more apprenticeships in the legal sector, please contact Jonathan Bourne at Damar on 0161 480 8171 or email

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