Leading Regional Law Firm Harrison Clark Takes On Its First Ever Apprentice
19 Oct, 2012
Leading regional law firm, Harrison Clark, has welcomed its first ever apprentice at its Hereford offices, a brand new role for the solicitors.
Abigail Williams has joined the firm after completing her A-Levels at St Mary’s High School in Hereford and the 18-year-old will now support the rest of the Hereford team with office administration duties while learning the workings of a successful solicitors practice at the same time.
As Harrison Clark’s first apprentice, the firm will be monitoring Abigail and the schemes process with a view to rolling it out across its Worcester, Ross-on-Wye and Cheltenham offices.
Head of the Hereford office and partner, Richard Morgan, said: “We took on an apprentice in recognition of the fact that our new office’s success meant we needed an extra pair of hands to help with administration duties but we also wanted to offer a young person a great opportunity and support the apprenticeship scheme, both nationally and within Herefordshire.
“The interviewees were strong; however Abi really did stand out. I believe her post could lead anywhere she wants it to. HC is a meritocracy; we have Equity Partners who were first introduced to the firm for work experience when at school, who have worked their way up from paralegal/trainee positions. We have indicated to Abi that the importance of her role will grow as the office in Hereford grows, and in years to come she may find herself supervising an administration department.”
Abigail said: “I am extremely lucky to have been offered this great opportunity at Harrison Clark. If I hadn’t got this position I wouldn’t be doing anything as good or as interesting and would probably be doing shop work.
“I hope to gain confidence, valuable experience in client care and the workings of a modern law firm, particularly in the Family Law department.”
On the apprenticeship scheme, Richard Morgan added: “The scheme is a real vocational alternative for those who do not see university education as either appropriate or useful. When I asked our interviewees, who all had good grades at GCSE and AS Level, it was interesting that many said they did not think it enhanced their prospects of employment but would leave them in at least £30,000 worth of debt. I found it very hard to argue with that proposition.
“This is why, if this is a success, we will look to offering such positions in all of our offices.”
Harrison Clark is a leading law firm providing a complete spectrum of City-quality legal services to business and private clients across the south Midlands and M5 corridor. The long established firm has a total of 230 staff and partners based in Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, as well as serviced offices in central London and Birmingham. Harrison Clark’s work in all aspects of law is nationally and internationally recognised. The firm has been a member of MSI Global Alliance, one of the world’s leading international legal and accountancy associations, since 2007 and in 2012 Harrison Clark was again recognised for the quality of its work through a listing in Tier 1 of the prestigious Legal 500 and Chamber and Partners lists of the major firms in England and Wales.