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.


Jasmine Brown-BennettJASMINE BROWN-BENNETT – SOLICITOR APPRENTICE, JOINED SEPTEMBER 2019

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP OVER UNIVERSITY OR OTHER OPTIONS?

Since studying Law at A-level I knew that I was interested in a career within the legal sector, however I wasn’t entirely sure what type of law I would enjoy. I always thought about going to University however I knew that I learnt better ‘hands-on’. Therefore, when I heard about the Paralegal Apprenticeship I knew it sounded a better fit for me than university as I would be learning on the job whilst studying alongside and that I would be alternating around divisions every 6 months so I could find out what type of law I enjoyed.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGHLIGHT AT AG SO FAR?

My highlight at AG so far has been getting a place on the solicitor apprenticeship as it was something that I always wanted since starting at AG and I was really passionate about it. I have developed a lot as a person since I started at AG at the age of 19, I have become more confident which has allowed me to put myself forward for many amazing opportunities such as getting involved in interesting work, attending career fairs and getting a place on the international secondment which I am on right now!

WHAT DID YOU THINK LAW WOULD BE LIKE BEFORE YOU STARTED AT AG?

My knowledge of the legal industry and law in general prior to joining AG was very little as I only really had the knowledge I gained at A-level. However, I soon learned a lot about how the legal sector works and what it entailed once I started!

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

If I am being honest I don’t really have a 'typical' day at work as each day is so different! I am currently on an international secondment based in Doha, Qatar so recently my work day has altered significantly from the work I am used to doing. However, if I had to describe my typical day it would involve getting to work for 7:00am and firstly checking through my emails and writing a to do list for the day ahead so it is clear what I have to do. I would then proceed with my current tasks which has recently involved reviewing key documents or locating documents which include key search terms. Throughout the day I often have meetings with the AG Team or the client in relation to the progress of the matter. When I get chance I often like to focus my attention to the Socialeyes Initiative for a short period of time which involves creating content for the TST social media pages and running the initiative. Therefore, I often spend a half an hour every couple of days adding events to the shared calendar, drafting content for the TST pages or sending content to the team for others to get involved. I then finish work at around 3:00pm.

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCING STUDYING AND WORKING?

With the legal apprenticeships at AG you get one day of a week to study which is incredibly useful! Everyone at work is really understanding of the fact that as apprentices we are required to work and study at the same time so if assistance is ever needed there are people to talk to at work and at BPP. When it gets to exam season I try to fit revision in wherever I can which could be throughout the weekend, after work, on my lunch or by taking one of my five study days which we are given extra each year as an apprentice!


Olivia MazzaOLIVIA MAZZA, SOLICITOR APPRENTICE, JOINED SEPTEMBER 2018

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP OVER UNIVERSITY OR OTHER OPTIONS?

I chose the apprentice route over university as I was keen to start my career and an apprenticeship is a more practical approach to learning. I still wanted to receive a degree at the end however, I knew I would be a step ahead of those that chose the standard route by immersing myself in a law firm around successful solicitors.

HOW DID YOU FIND THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS?

I went through two recruitment processes, the first to join AG as a Paralegal Apprentice and the second to progress on to the Solicitor Apprenticeship internally. Both days involved an interview and review task and I was made to feel extremely comfortable despite my nerves.

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCING STUDYING AND WORKING?

I work 4 days a week with Mondays as my study day. I try to treat my study day like a usual working day and get up early to sit at my desk and prepare for the 2 hour lecture. I increase my study time around 6 weeks before the exam with small sessions after work to ensure I can revise all of the content.

WHAT ONE THING SURPRISED YOU ABOUT WORKING IN LAW?

One thing that surprised me about working in law is how accommodating and genuine everyone is. When I started at the firm straight from sixth form the idea of a large commercial firm was quite daunting however, I've learned no matter anyone's position or background they are always happy to help and answer questions. I've also found everyone is really keen to hear about the apprenticeship and think it’s a great route into law.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

The most interesting thing about my job is the variety of work I receive. I have now completed a seat in all divisions of the firm along with a 6-month seat with the Innovation and Legal Technology team. It's great to get an oversight of how the firm works from different angles and no day is the same. As an apprentice, you definitely get a wider range of experience which keeps it interesting and helps with the practical application at university.


Junaid MushtaqJUNAID MUSHTAQ, PARALEGAL APPRENTICE, JOINED SEPTEMBER 2021

WHAT SUBJECT'S DID YOU STUDY AT A-LEVEL? 

I studied English Literature, Theology and Accounting & Finance.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP OVER UNIVERSITY OR OTHER OPTIONS?

I chose to do an apprenticeship because it was something that aligned with my own strengths. I worked part-time in retail throughout college, and I really enjoyed the first-hand and practical experience of working in the 'real world'. I gained many skills such as boosting my confidence, being able to interact/communicate with colleagues and customers and understanding how the retail industry works.

Similarly, with an apprenticeship, I would know exactly how law firms operate whilst attaining unimaginable levels of experience with major clients (debt free might I add!) - these are all things a full-time degree at university did not offer.

HOW DID YOU FIND THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS?

My recruitment process was held virtually due to the pandemic, which was a very new experience to me. I must admit, it was nerve-racking at first but the TST Leadership team made the process so smooth and comfortable. The interview felt like I was just having a friendly conversation about myself! 

I particularly enjoyed the 'multi-media entry', where we had to submit a form of media (such as a video or audio recording) answering a series of questions. We had to be creative and it was a fun and unique part of the application process which I've never experienced before!

WHAT ONE THING SURPRISED YOU ABOUT WORKING IN LAW?

The quality of work you receive as an apprentice. The 4 seat rotations we get as apprentices offer plenty of varied, interesting and challenging pieces of work.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGHLIGHT AT AG SO FAR?

Although I'm still very new to the legal world, I'm very fortunate to have been seconded into the UK construction litigation team on an international matter.

This is by far one of the most complex and biggest claims matters I've worked on! An opportunity like this doesn’t always come so I'm very proud to have been chosen to work on this project. 


Desiree ObiomaDESIREE OBIOMA, PARALEGAL APPRENTICE, JOINED SEPTEMBER 2021

WHAT SUBJECT'S DID YOU STUDY AT A-LEVEL? 

I studied Law, Modern History, Sociology, Spanish and I also completed the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE AN APPRENTICESHIP OVER UNIVERSITY OR OTHER OPTIONS?

Being a visual and interpersonal learner I was looking for an 'out of the classroom' experience. I knew an apprenticeship would allow me to learn more than just the academic side of law in an environment surrounded by professionals and by carrying out real legal tasks.

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCING STUDYING AND WORKING?

I thought that it would be easy as I had done Law at A-Levels and had a part-time job whilst studying at college - I was wrong. It can be overwhelming trying to find the right pattern and balance; but I have had support from AG and along with the other apprentices from my cohort, we have built our own network. This has helped me to organise myself, study collectively and better manage the balance I needed. 

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

As an apprentice the most interesting part has to be the seat rotations. The opportunity to gain experience in all the various divisions within the firm at a junior level is a unique one and really helps you decide on what you enjoy doing. 

I will soon join the Edinburgh hub as my next seat. I will also be the first to do a seat in Scotland which makes this new journey even more exciting but as the TST Scotland team also work across all of AG's divisions, I will benefit from getting more varied work as well as getting a feel of Scottish law. 

WHAT ONE THING SURPRISED YOU ABOUT WORKING IN LAW?

The culture at AG was probably the most significant surprise. There is great respect for all roles and everyone is included in initiatives. I have never felt left out from the team because I am an apprentice. Instead, I have been carried along in all aspects, from working on matters to social events. I feel part of the family and have made some lifelong friends in my first seat in the Litigation team.