Damar and Wessex Law Academy to host Legal Apprenticeships Event at Bristol Law Society

Legal Apprenticeships – Two Years On


At Bristol Law Society, The Law Library, The Law Courts, Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DA


On Wednesday 17 June 2015 Registration/Networking 5.30pm

Talk and Q&A 6.00pm–7.30pm


Two years since the launch of the first apprenticeship specifically designed for paralegals the opportunities for legal services providers to use apprenticeships within their businesses are wider than ever before. However, there is still plenty of confusion about what apprenticeships are, how they work and the opportunities that they present.


This seminar is an opportunity for firms to gain a better understanding of how the competency-based training and assessment framework of an apprenticeship can support firms’ training and development strategies from entry level roles up to fee earning positions.


Areas that our speakers will cover include:


  • The current landscape – what’s out there currently and what firms are doing.

  • Funding and costs.

  • How apprenticeships differ from traditional training.

  • The qualifications and progression routes to qualification.

  • Recruiting and employing young people – benefits and risks.

  • What’s on the horizon – apprenticeship “trailblazers”, apprenticeships for solicitors, links to competency based assessment.


Since the early adopters – firms like bpl, Weightmans and TLT – apprenticeships in law firms have become more mainstream and a wide spectrum of firms now employ apprentices, as do other legal service providers including in-house teams, barristers’ chambers and the not-for-profit legal advice sector. The jobs apprentices undertake have broadened too – as well as the paralegal pathway our speakers have expertise in apprenticeships in a range of administrative and support functions within the legal sector.


Our speakers at this event have both been involved in apprenticeships in the legal sector from the beginning. Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director of Damar Training, is a former solicitor who brought together the consortium that developed the higher apprenticeship in legal services which was now launched just over two years ago. Damar now has over 400 apprentices nationally with employers in the legal and justice sectors. Sue Press is a former practitioner and qualified teacher who now runs Wessex Law Academy, an independent CILEx training specialist. Wessex Law Academy was the first independent CILEx training provider in the country to get involved in the delivery of apprenticeships and works, in partnership with Damar, with a number of law firms in the South West. 


 To reserve your place, please email Clair Ponting on events@bristollawsociety.com.


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