Solicitor apprentice Holly Moxon, 21, talks about her first six months working for Choose Cumbria partners, Cartmell Shepherd.
Holly, believed to be the first Solicitor apprentice in the county, took up the six-year traineeship with the firm last year.
Now, just over six months into her six-year traineeship, she has reflected on the opportunity she was presented with.
Holly, who is from Carlisle, said: “I was so determined to pursue a legal career, but the traditional route into the profession just wasn’t for me.
“I tried university and didn’t enjoy it – I was concerned about the level of debt I would leave with, and I didn’t feel it represented good value for money.
“Being given the opportunity to pursue my dream career as an apprentice with Cartmells is such a great opportunity.
“In my first six months I have learned so much and there is a very structured programme in place for me as I learn about different areas of the law and spend time with senior colleagues in those departments.
“I would definitely recommend this as a route into the legal profession for anyone who is prepared to put in the time, work and effort to make it work.”
Holly was initially employed as a business administration apprentice. As part of her internal reviews, the possibility of a solicitor apprenticeship was raised.
One aim of Cartmell Shepherd’s business strategy is to invest in and provide training of the highest quality for all its staff.
Scott Garson, Cartmell Shepherd’s practice manager, said: “We are passionate about developing our team members so they can achieve their potential and it is clear Holly has what it takes to successfully complete her apprenticeship.
“As a business, the way we attract talent is constantly evolving. Legal apprenticeships at the time we made the move were relatively rare, but we saw them as an innovative way of developing talent when most other firms in the industry were not.
“Holly is doing incredibly well and is already proving to be a huge asset to the team.”
In the last six months, Holly has been in the dispute resolution department, dealing with a variety of civil disputes.
She has gained experience of attending client meetings, drafting witness statements, issuing court proceedings, instructing experts and counsel, attending court and also attending a mediation session.
She has also been a keen participant in Cartmells’ marketing activities, from attending and helping at seminars to packing gifts at Christmas at the warehouse for CFM Cash for Kids campaign.
Cartmell Shepherd has offices in Carlisle, Brampton, Haltwhistle, Penrith and West Cumbria.
It is the only Cumbrian member of the innovative UK200 Group and was named in the Lex100, a student guide of the best law firms to work for, for the fifth year running in 2018.
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