I joined the firm as an apprentice paralegal in September 2018 after completing my A-Levels at sixth form.
I wanted an apprenticeship with Irwin Mitchell because of their great reputation as one of the highest ranked law firms in the UK. They're a firm believer in apprenticeships and they give lots of options to progress in a legal career at the firm. They also have respectable values which show in the way they treat their employees, and convey themselves to their clients.
I work as an apprentice paralegal in the Commercial Litigation department, dealing with breach of contract disputes. Before starting my position, I worried how my older, legally qualified, colleagues would view me. I had no legal knowledge and I was the youngest member in my team.
Shortly after starting my apprenticeship, I realised all the staff were very welcoming and helped me settle into my role. I get a great amount of support, knowing that I can ask my supervisor for help on anything.
In such a short space of time, I’m able to give clients legal advice, draft court documents, and I’m now even running my own cases. This shows how actively involved the firm are in progressing their apprentices.
I believe that an apprenticeship here allows me to get invaluable, on the job experience that I couldn’t have got by going to university. Within my role I enjoy having independence to carry out tasks on my own. I also know I can ask for any help I may need, to strengthen my knowledge and understanding of the work I’m carrying out.
I’m enjoying my apprenticeship and look forward to progressing my legal career, hoping to grow with the business.