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Solicitor Apprenticeship with Addleshaw Goddard Level 7

Greater Manchester
£18500.00 per annum - 35 hours per week
Closing date
28 Feb 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
24 months+

Job Details

Duration of Apprenticeship:

 72 months

Job Description:


The Solicitor Apprentice role is for bright and determined individuals with an ambition and commitment to succeeding on our Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme and gaining professional qualifications in a more practical way.

Whilst training as a Solicitor Apprentice, you will support the Paralegals and Senior Paralegals within the Transaction Services Team (TST), as well as the fee earners across the Firm with routine legal tasks. As with Paralegal Apprentices, Solicitor Apprentices will have the opportunity to experience different sub-teams within the TST over the course of the apprenticeship and will have the option to apply to do a seat in the Innovation and Legal Technology team, and/or the TST Scotland team.


This is a busy role where work may come from any of the Firm's Divisions and, as a result, a Solicitor Apprentice will work on a wide variety of assignments. The complexity of work and responsibility within the TST will develop over the course of the Apprenticeship.


During Year 1, work assignments may include:


  • assessing the relevance of a wide range of documents as part of Litigation cases;
  • drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms;
  • checking legal documents for quality, consistency and content;
  • creating bundles for trial and Employment Tribunals;
  • reviewing and reporting on commercial and legal documents as part of a corporate due diligence exercise;
  • managing electronic data sites, uploading and ordering documents, and liaising with third parties;
  • providing transactional support on Corporate, Finance or Real Estate projects;
  • any additional tasks as required by the business.

During Years 2 to 4, work assignments will develop in complexity and may include:


  • attending client meetings/providing support to clients on-site;
  • matter or case management;
  • conducting legal research and providing advice based on findings; and
  • client or Divisional secondments.



In addition to the above, all Solicitor Apprentices are expected to participate in business engagement and team development activities or initiatives relevant to their role to identify ways in which the TST can support the Firm in a better way. They are also expected to become familiar with and promote the use of legal technology for routine and/or project work.


During Years 5 and 6, Solicitor Apprentices will leave the TST and join the Trainee Solicitor group, and will complete seat rotations organised by the Early Careers team.


Entry Requirements


  • at least 5 GCSEs grades 4 or above (or equivalent) including English and Maths, and 3 A-levels grades ABB or above, 128 UCAS points (or equivalent)
  • ambition and a commitment to succeed in a legal career; and
  • an appetite to learn and a commitment to studying a 6-year programme whilst balancing working full-time.



Recruitment Process


  • Eligibility Screening
  • Video/Voice Interview with BPP
  • Situational Judgement Testing
  • Online application via Addleshaw Goddard's recruitment platform


Successful candidates will then be invited to an in-person assessment centre in the Manchester office on 14th April 2023. We will support with travel arrangements.


Addleshaw Goddard work with RARE recruitment during the application process. This aims to promote diversity and review grades in a socio-economic context - providing valuable insight into the context in which grades were achieved.

This opportunity is also available to non-law graduates (those who have a degree in an area other than law). Law graduates are not eligible to apply for the Solicitor Apprenticeship but can apply for our training contract and placement scheme opportunities. Visit our Early Careers website for more information.


Training Provided:


One day per week will be spent with BPP University, working towards your LLB Hons) Law and Legal Practice degree and the Solicitor Level 7 apprenticeship. Upon completion of your law degree, you will sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) 1&2 and qualify as a solicitor.

Your Level 7 apprenticeship shall be delivered by a blend of online and face-to-face from BPP. Coupled with the on-the-job learning, completion of the apprenticeship will lead to obtaining your solicitor qualification.

The apprenticeship standard is based on the SRA's Statement of Solicitor Competence. Achievement of the standard and the associated apprenticeship assessment plan will satisfy the SRA's regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor, subject to the SRA's usual tests of character and suitability.


Qualification Requirements:


At least 5 GCSE's grades 4 or above (or equivalent) including English and Maths, and 3 A-Levels grades ABB or above, 128 UCAS points (or equivalent)


Personal Qualities & Skills:

 Attention to detail, Commercial awareness, Motivation

 Communication skills, Collaboration, Time management,

Future Prospects:

Newly qualified solicitor role, subject to vacancies and performance.


About BPP Professional Apprenticeships

BPP is one of the UK’s largest providers of professional apprenticeship training. They work closely with some of the UK’s leading employers including RBS, EY and Starbucks to create unique opportunities for apprentices.

Who Are BPP Professional Apprenticeships?

BPP have been delivering professional qualifications for over 40 years. Training over 80,000 leaners each year, across areas including law, management, accountancy, insurance, banking, nursing, healthcare and more.

What BPP Professional Apprenticeships Offers

BPP's programmes are developed in partnership with employers and respected professionals. Their programmes offer recognised professional qualifications, with a clear pathway from one level to the next – all the way up to chartered status. Regardless of position, almost anyone can get involved. From entry-level talent, to the most senior leaders. Through an apprenticeship you’ll have the opportunity to develop a stronger, wider and deeper skill set. 


Once you’re on your apprenticeship, you will be surrounded by BPP’s experts. Including dedicated Coaches who will support you through your journey, and Tutors who will provide their expertise on your chosen course. BPP’s flexible delivery blends digital learning with a face-to-face approach, and in some cases peer-to-peer learning, to help minimise disruption in your working environment.

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