Clyde & Co
Expires12 days

Graduate Apprenticeship IFPD

Job description

What is Insurance, Financial & Professional Disputes (National PI)?

Our National PI business line co-ordinates our insurer-led professional liability work across our UK offices. We defend claims against the full range of non-medical professionals: our expertise includes the traditional professions (solicitors, accountants and other financial professionals, insurance brokers, surveyors and construction professionals) as well as the non-traditional and emerging professions (such as recruitment agents, estate agents, IT consultants, media companies and patent attorneys). Members of our team also provide professional indemnity coverage advice to insurers, including in relation to sensitive issues such as dishonesty.

The ability to build and maintain strong client relationships is key to our success: our lawyers are "market people", and we offer them a wide range of business development opportunities including secondments to major insurers.

What does the job involve?

  • Research into specific legal issues, case law and the CPR
  • Reviewing documents received from clients to undertake preliminary liability and quantum analysis of a new claim
  • Preparing bundles for trial/arbitration/mediation/disciplinary hearings
  • Document reviews for disclosure in litigation or compliance with SRA/FRC production notices
  • Instructing and liaising with counsel and their clerks
  • Instructing and liaising with expert witnesses
  • Drafting letters, reports and other documents (eg witness statements)
  • Attending client meetings and court hearings
  • Assisting with the preparation of articles and seminars
  • Reviewing and interpreting PI insurance policies

About the programme

Our graduate solicitor apprenticeship is a fast-track route to qualify as a solicitor and will support you through the new pathway to qualification by completion of the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE1 and SQE2) and an internationally recognised Master's qualification (LLM), alongside gaining two years qualifying work experience. You will study with our nominated provider, the University of Law, in Bristol, and will undertake the majority of your study by way of block release for the first seven months of the apprenticeship.

After that, for the remainder of the 32-month programme, you will work full time in the Firm's IFPD department, subject to time off for any further necessary study or to sit SQE2. From day one, you will be involved in a variety of legal work whilst under the supervision of lawyers who are experts in their field.

This apprenticeship prepares students for day 1 as a qualified solicitor with a particular focus on the skills of Interviewing, Advocacy, Case and Matter Analysis, Legal Research, Legal Writing and Drafting. Upon successful completion, subject to the SRA Character & Suitability test, you will become a fully qualified solicitor with the SRA and subject to your performance on the programme, we hope to be able to offer you a newly qualified solicitor position in our Bristol IFDB team.

What we look for

What we are looking for We are looking for those who are interested in projects and construction law and committed to a career as a solicitor at Clyde & Co as well as the following: You will need to have, by the start date in September 2023, a law degree or a non-law degree plus the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). You will be expected to have AAB at A-level and a 2:1 degree, although we will take into account mitigating circumstances using the Rare contextualised recruitment system. As apprentices have employed status you must have the right to permanently live and work in the UK. Apprenticeships are not covered by student visas.

Additional job details

Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

We are looking for applicants with the motivation to join our firm and potential to be successful in the role throughout our process. The application process varies slightly from programme to programme, but this is what you'll need to do for this opportunity:

  • Explore the programme specific information to understand which opportunity is the right one for you.
  • You'll need to make your application online via our online application system.
  • You will need to make your application online via our online application system. Application deadline is the 20th February 2023.
  • You will then be invited to complete our digital immersive assessment which simulates a realistic preview of the role of a trainee solicitor. It looks to assess specific strengths and skills required in the role and asks you to complete a series of motivational and strengths-based questions though video interviews.

Following this, if successful we will be in contact to invite you to our assessment day which will consist of a Group Exercise, Role Play, Written Exercise and Interview.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 20 February 2023

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Closing date:  20 February 2023

Expires12 days

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