Express Solicitors Take on Second Legal Apprentice

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(Pictured above from left: Legal Apprentice, Shaunna Fitzpatrick with Recruitment & Training Manager, Luiza da Costa)

Express Solicitors is delighted to take on its second legal apprentice as part of the CILEX scheme run by Manchester Metropolitan University. The firm is committed to the development of young lawyers and the addition of a second legal apprentice demonstrates this. Express Solicitors has gone through a period of substantial growth and continues to expand. The firm realises that employing and developing young lawyers is crucial to future success and has recently offered two training contracts to junior lawyers within the firm.

Shaunna Fitzpatrick from Reddish has spent the last 3 years studying at Aquinas College in Stockport where she achieved a Distinction* in Law BTEC. When asked why she decided to do the legal apprenticeship scheme, Shaunna explained: “In my second year at college I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in law, but I was unsure whether a Law degree suited my learning style. I studied Law at AS level in my first year of college but I thought that the course focussed primarily on exam technique rather than learning about real life applications.  In my second and third year of college, I completed the Law BTEC where I gained a Distinction in all of my 10 assignments.  I realised that this way of studying really suited me and I found the course really enjoyable.”

The Law BTEC involved Shaunna conducting independent research and then having to apply it to real life case studies and offer her advice based on what she had learnt. Shaunna would then follow this up with an assignment providing her verdict on what the client should do in that particular situation. Over the 2 years studying the Law BTEC at Aquinas College, Shaunna covered over 19 areas of law. In this time, Shaunna completed assignments on the following areas: Tort (Medical Negligence), Property Offences, Assault, GBH, Consumer Law, Manslaughter and Murder.

Shaunna continued: “After extensively researching the apprenticeship scheme run by Manchester Metropolitan University, I knew that this scheme was much more suited to my learning style. I can gain hands-on experience in the workplace and then apply it to academic leaning at University. Having real-life legal experience as well as getting a qualification in CILEX at the end of my two years will lead me to many more opportunities within law. I feel as though I work best by putting the law into practice and experiencing how legal systems function in a working environment. The legal apprenticeship scheme allows me to do this, as well as acquiring skills in the workplace which I will need later on in my career, which I feel a traditional law degree does not offer.”

To be accepted onto the legal apprenticeship scheme, Shaunna had to go through a recruitment process which involved an assessment day at Manchester Metropolitan University and a face-to-face interview at Express Solicitors. During the application process, Shaunna was asked why she chose to apply for a role at Express Solicitors for which she answered: “Express Solicitors stood out to me because everybody works as a team and supports their fellow employees to ensure the best possible experience and outcome for clients.  The firm is constantly expanding which means there will be plenty of opportunity for career progression as I complete my apprenticeship. I found that Express Solicitors support their employees and offer excellent training programmes to help staff to reach their maximum potential. The firm also strongly support the local community and have taken part in numerous charitable events which really appealed to me as it shows the firm has a real commitment to helping others.”

If you’re interested in a career at Express Solicitors, please visit the recruitment page on the Express website:

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