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We are delighted that eight new legal apprentices have joined the company, continuing our commitment to enabling people to develop law careers in a variety of ways.

On 5 September, the Bristol office welcomed Eden Vaknin to the Claimant Personal Injury Motor department, Kirstie McKenzie to Claimant Non-Motor and Jake Saw to the Property Insurance Litigation team. In Leeds, Chelsea Gillespie joins the Claimant Personal Injury department, and Jessica Hird and Ricky-Dean Heatley join the Recoveries department, while Plymouth’s Claimant Personal Injury team is the new home for Kayleigh Whiting and Natasha Kent.

All are following CILEx Law School’s Trailblazer Paralegal Apprenticeship in Civil Litigation.

Law apprenticeships

As well as being exciting initial steps on the route to a legal career for our new starters, it is also exciting for us, as we have increased the number of new apprentices we have taken on this year. We have long been believers in making law accessible to as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible and have been involved in the law apprenticeships scheme since its foundation. Divisional Manager Katherine Howells-Price was involved in the setting up of apprenticeships and spoke in the House of Lords in favour of diversification of ways into the law. We welcomed our very first apprentice in 2013, so it is great news to be taking on so many just three years later.

Photograph of Lyons Davidson's eight new legal apprentices
Our new legal apprentices on their first day at Lyons Davidson

Apprenticeship training

Katherine says she is delighted that Lyons Davidson’s apprenticeship programme is growing year on year, because “we believe strongly in widening access to the profession: it helps us build a stronger workforce, as well as bringing benefits for those who develop their career through this route. This is why we’ve been involved in legal apprenticeships since their inception, and have invested in helping to build the national infrastructure. I am excited about working with our new apprentices in the coming year and beyond and wish them every success in their futures with us.”

Lyons Davidson wishes them all well with their studies!

For more information on becoming a legal apprentice or on law careers in general, please contact our HR team by emailing [email protected] or calling 0117 904 6000.