Leading the way in social mobility

Our legal apprenticeship programme was the first of its kind in the legal sector when we launched it in 2011.

We celebrated our first graduate in February 2017 when the then 23-year-old Bryony Russell qualified as a chartered legal executive employment lawyer. In October of the same year, our second graduate, Megan Boldison, qualified as a chartered private client lawyer.

Since its launch, the Apprenticeship Programme has become a multiple award-winner and led to the firm being described as “leading the way on social mobility in the legal profession” by Former Social Mobility Commission chair, Alan Milburn.

Commenting on Bryony Russell’s graduation, Mr Milburn said: “Bryony’s success is a great example to others. With their apprenticeship scheme, Gordons have led the way in opening the doors of the legal profession to all.”

 

Bright and hard working

We introduced our apprenticeship programme to provide an alternative route into the law and to find bright and hard-working youngsters who wanted a career in the legal sector, but who couldn’t or weren’t comfortable going down the traditional route of attending university. We wanted to develop an avenue into the profession for individuals who can be the partners and client relationship holders of the future.

We have taken on 19 apprentices. The programme involves 18-year-old school leavers training as chartered legal executive lawyers over five years through practical experience and academic study.

Our apprentices train to the maximum Level 6, which is an honours degree equivalent, rather than the Level 3 offered by most similar schemes. The firm pays their salaries and course fees, meaning they have no student debt.

 

Immensely proud

Managing partner Paul Ayre said: “We want our firm to be full of talented people with a great attitude. We don’t care where they start out in life or what school they went to. We wanted to find bright young people who work hard and that is exactly what we found with Bryony and Megan.

“They’ve been excellent throughout their apprenticeships and, now that they are qualified, their career progression at Gordons is potentially unlimited.”

 

Key differentiator

When engaging at senior executive level, our clients regard it as a key differentiator for the firm which they both applaud and support.

With many organisations seeking to play a part in improving social mobility, our pioneering stance on apprenticeships has fostered closer relationships with clients.

We have advised clients on how they can establish their own apprenticeships schemes. This advice and guidance on social mobility, inclusion and diversity has been greatly appreciated by a number of organisations, further strengthening client relationships.

For further details on our apprenticeship programme or to apply, please click here