Applications for 2020 are now closed.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to advise companies on their most important and cutting-edge legal issues? As a Solicitor Apprentice with Lewis Silkin, you’ll learn how to do just that. You’ll have the chance to work alongside leaders in their fields as you increase your knowledge and develop your research, negotiation and client-service skills through practical, hands-on experience in our London office.
You’ll be in the office four days a week, and you will spend one day a week studying for your LLB (Hons) Law and Practice with our education provider, BPP. By the end of the six years you’ll be a fully qualified solicitor, ready to advise your clients on a broad range of legal issues.
We’re looking for smart, committed and passionate apprentices, ready to succeed in a fast-paced office environment. If that sounds like a good fit for you then we’d love to hear from you.
We are revising our recruitment timeline in light of the disruption caused by COVID-19. The application deadline remains Sunday 29 March, and we will keep applicants up to date with the progress of their applications. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for telephone interviews in April.
What is the solicitor apprenticeship?
The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a six-year route to qualifying as a solicitor. The scheme combines work and study and allows you to start working towards your LLB university degree alongside your day job at Lewis Silkin, which you’ll be doing for four days per week.
If you’re currently a year 13 student or a recent school leaver who isn’t going on to study a degree but would still like to pursue a career as a lawyer, our Solicitor Apprenticeship could be the perfect opportunity for you. You’ll gain practical, hands-on experience and an LLB university degree without taking out student loans and racking up debt, making this a great alternative to university.
As well as studying, you’ll be gaining valuable experience at a UK top-100 commercial law firm. When you finish the scheme, you’ll have six years’ experience, standing you in excellent stead for your career as a newly qualified solicitor.
What will I study?
You’ll study core areas of the law, including topics such as contract law, criminal law, company law and dispute resolution. You’ll also learn core legal skills including research, legal writing, client service and negotiation, which you’ll be able to put into practice when you’re in the office. You can find out more about BPP’s study programme here.
What qualifications will I get?
As a Solicitor apprentice with BPP, you will complete the Solicitor Level 7 Apprenticeship. Additional learning within the apprenticeship at levels 4, 5 and 6 will enable you to be awarded an LLB (Hons) and Legal Practice, from BPP.
You will also sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations in years five and six. Assuming you pass all your assessments, you will qualify as a Solicitor in England and Wales at the end of the six-year scheme.
What areas of law will I work on?
You will rotate through our two business divisions: Creators, Makers and Innovators (CMI) and Employment, Immigration and Reward (EIR) - sitting within legal practice groups such as Employment, Immigration, Brands & Intellectual Property, Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Real Estate.
Our CMI division works for innovative and brand-focused businesses from start-ups to multinationals. In this team, you’ll develop an understanding of the industries in which our clients operate and will gain experience across a wide range of legal services. Over time, this may see you supporting on commercial and real estate deals, learning about clients’ trademarks and IP rights, or diving into the world of dispute resolution.
In our Employment, Immigration and Reward Division (EIR), we offer an unrivalled service supporting clients on their HR, employment and immigration law needs domestically and internationally. We are one of the top-ranked law firms for this kind of work, so it’s no surprise that we work for many of the world’s leading businesses. You’ll work with the team to support clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
What kind of work will I do?
As you gain experience, your duties and level of responsibility will increase. We will provide you with full training, and you will work closely with your supervisor to develop your skills and make sure you fulfil your potential.
Responsibilities will include:
- Attending meetings and taking notes when requested
- Supporting members of your team in administrative tasks including diary management
- Carrying out document management including filing, binding and bundling
- Conducting research when required
- Liaising with clients in a professional manner
- Getting to know Lewis Silkin’s business and your team
As you progress, you will get involved with:
- More complex research tasks
- Drafting legal documents
- Working on more technical transactions
- Developing skills such as client service and negotiation
What support will I get?
At Lewis Silkin, you’ll have a dedicated supervisor to help manage your workload, further your professional development and support you throughout the apprenticeship. You’ll also work closely with your BPP apprentice manager to make sure you achieve your objectives and excel at work. In addition to being part of a supportive team, you will have a network of mentors and buddies you can turn to for advice, guidance, friendship and support.
Everyone at Lewis Silkin has access to our Employee Assistance Programme and confidential on-site counsellor, who can assist you with any problems you may be facing in or outside of work. BPP also have a dedicated team who support students with disabilities, learning difficulties, health conditions and wellbeing.
What will I get paid?
You will start on £21,000, which will increase as you gain experience.
We also offer a £350 joining bonus for you to put towards workwear and travel, and you will be eligible for our annual bonus schemes.
You will receive a generous pension, and benefits including private healthcare, life assurance, season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, emergency back-up child and elder care service and an Employee Assistance Programme.
What is Lewis Silkin looking for in Solicitor Apprentices?
We’re looking for smart, committed and passionate people, ready to succeed in a fast-paced office environment.
Key skills we are looking for are:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A good eye for detail
- Strong organisation and time management abilities
- Creative thinking and analytical skills
If you have the following qualities, you’ll be a great fit for Lewis Silkin:
- An excellent team player
- Ability to follow instructions
- Motivated with a strong commitment to learning
- Desire to provide excellent client service
You’ll also need to meet the entry requirements by having a minimum of 3 A Levels totalling 128 UCAS points (A, B, B) in addition to 5 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, including English and maths.
If that sounds like a good fit for you then we’d love to hear from you.
What is it like to work at Lewis Silkin?
From the moment you join us, you will be actively involved in Lewis Silkin life. Not only will you be given interesting, challenging, and varied work, you will also be getting hands-on training, a chance to work with some of our big-name clients, and most importantly, made to feel a key member of the team.
We have an active corporate social responsibility committee and a broad range of employee networks for you to get involved in. We also have regular social events, which are great opportunities for you to make new friends and get to know your team.
What happens when I finish my apprenticeship?
Once you've finished your six-year apprenticeship with Lewis Silkin, you'll be a fully qualified solicitor in England and Wales and will be considered for a newly qualified solicitor role with us.
How do I apply?
Click the ‘apply now’ button to read the full job specification and submit your application. You’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer a few short questions about your motivation for applying.
Make sure you don’t miss the application deadline, Sunday 29 March.
Top tips for applying:
- Do your research on Lewis Silkin. Use our website to find out more about the firm and tell us what makes you a good fit. This could be anything ranging from an area of our work you find interesting, to our company culture or achievements. You can find out more on our ‘about us’ page.
- Think about why an apprenticeship is the right choice for you. What is it about combining work and study that appeals to you?
- Be yourself and let your unique personality and interests shine through.
- Sell yourself. Tell us about your strengths and achievements, and how they will help you in this role.
Who do I contact if I have questions before applying?
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Life at Lewis Silkin
Want to know a little more about what to expect when you join Lewis Silkin, and the opportunities that will be open to you as apprentices? A few members of the firm share their thoughts here.
Karish Andrews, Partner, Corporate:
“We are really proud and excited to launch our Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme. At Lewis Silkin we want our workplace to be a diverse and inclusive environment, reflective of our friends, clients and the society in which we live and work. We are committed to increasing the number of BAME solicitors at the firm, providing access to a wider pool of applicants, and to ensuring that our culture allows everyone to feel at home and be successful.”
| Priya Gandhi, Associate, Business Immigration:
“I joined Lewis Silkin in August 2011 as a Legal PA specialising in immigration law. With a growing desire and drive to enter the legal profession but without the time or financial resources to undertake this full-time and independently, Lewis Silkin saw the potential in me and supported my return to university to gain my legal qualification through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). I commenced my legal studies in September 2013 at the University of Westminster. Very much like the Solicitor Apprenticeship programme, I studied for six years before qualifying into the immigration team as an Associate in November 2019.
Opting for an alternative route into law such as through CILEx or a Lewis Silkin Solicitor Apprenticeship is not just a different way of doing things but is actually very savvy too. Not only did it allow me to develop skills and experience in a variety of legal areas under the guidance of extremely talented lawyers, but I gained a valuable qualification at the end of it and earned money throughout. I can truly vouch for this route and, having received nothing but positive encouragement from my colleagues throughout my studies and training, I would be the first to encourage applications from anyone keen to develop a career in law.”
| Aman Sahota-Dhatt, Senior Associate, Real Estate:
“I am a Senior Associate within the Real Estate team at Lewis Silkin. I joined the firm over 6 years ago as a Newly Qualified solicitor and have worked on some great deals with some extremely talented lawyers. The training that each person receives at the firm is truly bespoke and the firm really strives to support everyone as they focus on their strengths and take charge of the progression of their career.
From a very early stage at Lewis Silkin I was given the opportunity to be client facing, take the lead on my own deals and have an active role in all forms of business development. Over time I have been able to work with Partners and senior management on both firm and team strategy and have been encouraged to not only enhance my skills as a lawyer but to also develop the skill set to help make key strategic decisions for the business.
Overall Lewis Silkin is truly a great place to work and allows you to fulfil your true potential in a supportive and encouraging environment.”
| Pearl Agyemfra, Paralegal, Employment:
“I am a Paralegal within the Employment team and my responsibilities are varied. I support the team of fee-earners on a range of different matters, which could involve working on Employment Tribunal claims, attending investigation meetings, analysing data on Data Subject Access Requests and looking into complex research tasks. There is always scope to be involved with market leading work, which will further my professional development. I have experienced everyone at Lewis Silkin to be extremely friendly, supportive and there is a collegiate team culture within the firm. Aside from work, there are regular firm/team social events that are held, which help me get to know the people that I work with. I have also enjoyed being able to participate in the corporate social responsibility initiatives that we are involved in as a firm, I volunteer at the Employment Pro-Bono Clinic and read fortnightly with local primary school children.”
Caroline McGregor, Learning Development Manager
“I am the Learning Development Manager, this means that I lead the Business School in Lewis Silkin. The Business School focusses on skills such as business development, service delivery, relationships and team working at all levels throughout our firm. I have previous experience running training for apprentices, graduates and newly qualified solicitors.