Solicitor Apprenticeship

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council
£17,745.00 annual salary
09 May 2017
08 Jun 2017
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Start Date
BDT Legal in partnership with CILEx Law School and City, University of London are offering a Solicitor 6-year apprenticeship working in a legal environment designed to lead you into a successful career in the legal world.

The apprenticeship features a 6-year programme based on the Solicitor Apprenticeship Standard, incorporating a degree awarded by City, University of London and a final assessment with the SRA's qualifying solicitors exams leading to full enrolment with the SRA.

This role will involve supporting the operational functioning of the service whilst learning and developing the key skills and experience required for a solicitor.

You will be expected to attend University 1 day a month and will be granted 1 day a week study leave(destination to be agreed).

You will cover both contentious and non-contentious areas of law and will gain the knowledge needed to practice effectively, taking into account changes in the role and developments in the law.

You will need to be highly motivated and committed to this apprenticeship.

What work will I be doing? What duties and responsibilities will I have?

  • Under supervision assist fee earners with caseloads.
  • Under supervision prepare, negotiate, draft and agree legal documentation and forms and such documentation as associated with the legal process.
  • Liaise with Counsel and external Solicitors under supervision where appropriate.
  • Undertake legal and factual research, prepare briefing materials on particular cases and monitor new legislation.
  • Preparation of bundles for court, tribunal and other hearings as required.
  • Produce financial related reports from any legal case management system as required.
  • Create and maintain Legal Practice files and records both electronically and manually.
  • Gain experience in basic legal principles, practice and managing a personal caseload (under supervision) in both contentious and non-contentious areas of law including civil and criminal litigation, property, planning and regeneration, contracts and procurement, governance, safeguarding and partnership, and employment law.
  • Manage your time, effort and resources effectively so that you develop good working practices to enable you to plan and organise your work to achieve personal and team objectives.
  • Ensure that telephone and electronic messages are dealt with in an effective and responsible manner and, where possible deal with enquiries or pass to the appropriate officer/Division.
  • Diarise and file correspondence and case files as and when requested.
  • Be committed to the entire programme of your studies and work placement.
  • For years 4-6 of the apprenticeship the duties will be similar to those of a Trainee Solicitor. (updated JD will be provided at this time).
  • Applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions which meet clients' needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances.

The ideal candidate will have the confidence to deal with various individuals and groups. You will be supported to undertake recognised qualifications whilst gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. You will need to be a team player, reliable, adaptable, conscientious, and able to work to instructions.

Requirements and prospects Desired skills


  • Ability to work with technology
  • Ability to work in a business environment
  • Customer service skills
  • Practical ability
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word Use of Email/Internet
  • Project


  • Have experience of working in an office environment.
Personal qualities


  • Team Player
  • Attention to detail
  • Reliable
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Confident
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Analytical
  • Resilient
  • Understanding of confidentiality requirements
  • Mature attitude
  • Ability to deal with sensitive personal client situations effectively


  • Planner/thinking ahead
  • Leadership skills
  • Ongoing interest in Legal
Qualifications required


  • 5 GCSE grades *A to C or equivalent are essential, specifically Maths and English.
  • 3 A Levels grade B or above or equivalent.
  • This apprenticeship is open to candidates who do not have a degree or working towards a degree. Nor who have completed an apprenticeship at Level 6/7


  • Completed a Law A-Level however not essential
Future prospects Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be a qualified solicitor.

Things to consider If you will have a long commute, then please carefully consider the cost and time involved before applying for the role, as these will not be reimbursed. Other Information: You are responsible for funding your own travel to and from your place of work. You must conduct yourself in a safe and diligent manner and comply with health and safety policies and procedures. You must uphold and promote the company policies and procedures, promoting those specifically to your area of work, including Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).