Here's what our current Apprentices have to say about being an Apprentice at Addleshaw Goddard.


We are proud that our scheme has been recognised externally, winning Newcomer of the Year (Large Employer) Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards in 2014, highly commended (in the Large Employer category) at the Apprenticeships 4 England Awards in 2015 and more recently 'Best school-leaver or Apprenticeship Initiative' in 2018 at the HR in Law Awards.

What's more important to us is what our apprentices think. Here's what some of our apprentices have to say about their time at AG and their Apprenticeship.

Kat Demarchelier Du-Bois, Paralegal Apprentice, joined September 2018

Why did you choose an apprenticeship over university or other options?

University just wasn't an option for me, I was homeless for nearly 4 years before I worked at AG. I had to provide for myself, which I wouldn't have had the opportunity to do had I gone to Uni.

What did you think law would be like before you started at AG?

I think everyone has seen the law dramas on TV, I certainly didn’t think it was going to be anything like that though. If anything I imagined a more 'straight-laced' atmosphere which wouldn’t allow for much growth or embrace change. I couldn't have been more wrong. 

What do you find most interesting about your job?

Definitely the different matters and instructions received from clients, you may only work on something briefly but you become invested in the end result. Also the culture of AG is incredible and I love coming into work everyday with the team I'm in. 

How do you find balancing studying and working?

It was tricky at first as you feel as though you're not doing enough of one thing no matter what you do, the hardest thing for me was remembering that a social life needed to be slotted in too! It becomes second nature after a while, and just like any other University student I am working towards a career goal, except I get to work alongside people in the role I want in the future! 

What one thing surprised you about working in Law?

Probably that Partners and more senior fee earners remember who you are and honestly take interest in your work. I have spoken to Mike O'Connor (head of Manchester office) loads of times, and it's as easy as speaking to another apprentice. You are never treat differently because you are an apprentice. 

Jasmine Brown-Bennett, Paralegal Apprentice, joined September 2018

Jasmine Bennett-BrownWhy did you choose an apprenticeship over university or other options?

I chose an apprenticeship over university as I wanted to gain experience within the legal workplace whilst studying rather than just studying the law at university and gaining no hands on involvement within the legal environment.

How did you find the recruitment process?

I found the recruitment process straightforward, clear and interesting but also a little scary at first. The recruitment process was structured well and was easy enough to complete. We went through a group interview, a personal interview and a specific task however all of them were very engaging and I even found the group interview fun.

What did you think law would be like before you started at AG?

I thought law would be very interesting, challenging (in a positive way) and would keep me busy!

What does a typical day look like?

To be honest I don't really have a typical day however if I was to sum one up it would probably go like the following. I get into work and check my emails, reply to any urgent ones and then I write a to do list for the day. I check the group inbox and pick up what I can throughout the day whilst trying to do my own bits from fee-earners. As I am in real estate I tend to deal with many land registry applications or getting OCE's/ filed documents or SDLT's or searches or drafting important documents such as Statement of Truths.

How do you find balancing studying and working?

I find it fine if I'm honest as we have a full day off to complete the study also previously to this role I had a part time job for 3 years whilst I studied so I feel like I am used to working and studying. Also everyone at work is very understanding and helpful when it comes to university work.

Annie Armstrong, Solicitor Apprentice, joined September 2017

Annie ArmstrongWhy did you choose an apprenticeship over university or other options?

I enjoyed working and didn’t want to rack up lots of debt going to university when the competition for a graduate job was so high, I thought I would look for an apprenticeship as I wanted the hands on experience

What does a typical day look like?

Working in the real estate team the work is very varied, and due to the client teams I am based on I could be drafting licences, deeds of grant, leases or contracts, exchanging or completing on sales of pubs. 

What do you find most interesting about your job?

Being aligned to certain client's which allows me to run my own matters and build up knowledge of that particular client and their business 

What one thing surprised you about working in Law?

How much responsibility people are willing to give to an apprentice 

What has been your highlight at AG so far?

Being nominated and shortlisted for apprentice of the year

Ben Atkinson, Solicitor Apprentice, joined September 2017

Ben AtkinsonWhat subject's did you study at A-level?

I studied Religious Studies, Ancient History and Politics. 

How did you find the recruitment process?

At first the recruitment process was daunting due to the fact it was a very new experience to me. After the first couple of stages however, it became clear that the process isn’t that different to any other recruitment process from my previous jobs. 

What does a typical day look like?

On a typical day, my day starts off with checking emails etc. and then getting in contact with some of the fee earners I have built relationships with over the past year and try to get involved with as much work as possible.

What do you find most interesting about your job?

The most interesting part of my job is by far the specific documents I deal with. Some being very important transaction documents I would have never had a chance to deal with if I had just gone to university.

What one thing surprised you about working in Law?

The one thing that surprised me about law is the human aspect. AG is a law firm that cares very deeply about the staff and always tries to ensure there is a human element when asking any queries or if one has any issues. 

Lucy-Erin Hunter, Paralegal Apprentice, joined September 2018

Lucy-Erin Hunter

What subject's did you study at A-level? 

I studied English Literature, Psychology and Physical Education.

What did you think law would be like before you started at AG?

I have always been passionate about pursuing a career in a commercial law firm. But, I didn't realise until I started the vast amount of opportunities there are to try all different kinds of law in practise. As an apprentice, I will get the opportunity to move around the Real Estate, Finance & Projects, Corporate & Commercial and Litigation departments which means the breadth of experience I will gain will really help me in finding an area of law I am passionate about and would like to qualify into in the future.

How do you find balancing studying and working?

I get every Tuesday off to do my study which really helps! Around exam period, when the demands are higher, you are expected to do more. But, I always manage to find time to revise whether that be coming in before 9am to do some in the morning, using some of my lunch hour or consolidating my notes during the weekend. I have been allocated a mentor, a line manager as well as a buddy so I have extensive support if I need it. 

What one thing surprised you about working in Law?

One thing I love about AG is how innovative and forward thinking they are. In March I am moving to the Innovation and Legal Technology (ILT) team and I will be the first apprenticeship to do this as one of their rotational seats. I am looking forward to blending the legal skills I have learnt in my first seat in Finance & Projects with new skills like coding and managing technology solutions including Artificial Intelligence. I hope in the future I will be able to use this knowledge I gain to help promote use of technology within my other seats. 

What has been your highlight at AG so far?

My highlight at AG so far was speaking at the Finance & Projects Associate Forum on behalf of the Transaction Services Team about how we integrate technology in the day to day running of the department. This was a personal highlight because if you told me when I first started that I would be speaking in front of associates I would not have believed you. I think it really shows how the apprenticeship at AG has helped me be more confident and improved my communication skills.