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Emma Storey

First Year Apprentice

I recently began the Solicitor Apprenticeship having worked at Ward Hadaway for three years in administration and paralegal roles. I knew that a purely study-based course was not the best route for me and much preferred the idea of embarking on a new legal career in an office based environment as part of a friendly, relaxed and supportive team at Ward Hadaway. The application process seemed a little daunting at first however Ward Hadaway, along with the NESA team, were all very approachable and made me feel at ease as soon as I began the application process. There is always someone offering to help with any queries that arise.

The Solicitor Apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to develop the skills required to be a lawyer and learn about the practical application of the law whilst also gaining an insight into student life (but with no university debt!). I am thoroughly enjoying being part of the scheme, attending regular networking events and the academic side of the course is engaging and interesting too. Ward Hadaway practise in a vast amount of legal sectors and I look forward to gaining experience in their variety of departments over the next six years.

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Danny Costello

Second Year Apprentice

I first started off as an admin apprentice, assisting the Manchester office as a whole when the opportunity to progress onto the solicitors apprenticeship was offered to me. As it was the first time anyone from Ward Hadaway had tried the solicitor apprenticeship it felt like stepping into the unknown. However, I saw it as a great opportunity to progress my career, learn and develop my knowledge while working within the Manchester office and Ward Hadaway have been great in supporting me along the way.

In my opinion the apprenticeship is a great way to implement the knowledge you gain from the academic side of the course to the practical, on the job side, especially when Ward Hadaway are so willing to assist with your progression, that you are given the opportunity to get involved in various transactions spanning from plots sales, affordable housing, drafting of documents and much more. The academic knowledge gained from the course, coupled with the practical, on the job, learning is a perfect way to learn and gives what I think a wider insight for what it takes to become a lawyer.

I would recommend anyone thinking of becoming a lawyer first takes a look at the variety of benefits the solicitors apprenticeship has to offer over the more 'traditional route'.

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