Award winning law firm expand their Apprenticeship scheme

The Burnside Partnership is a solicitors practice based close to the village of Combe in West Oxfordshire. They provide legal services to private individuals, specialising in wills, family trust, probate and inheritance tax work. They are seen by many as the modern version of the ‘family solicitor’, offering ongoing support and assistance, often working with different generations of the same family, although they also offer one-off advice.

The firm has been employing Legal Apprentices since they opened for business in 2015. Their Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeships offer progression to a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship or a Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Following the success of their Legal Apprenticeships, The Burnside Partnership have decided to branch out and offer an Apprenticeship in a different area of the business. The new Business Administration Apprenticeship role will include welcoming visitors, preparation of documents, spreadsheets and presentations, carrying out internet research and managing diaries. It will suit an organised and motivated person who’s great with people and at using their initiative.  

See the ‘Find An Apprenticeship’ website for details of the opportunity: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-458369

The firm are also looking for a Paralegal Apprentice to join the team: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-458365

The Burnside Partnership is a great place to be an Apprentice according to Apprentices Amelia Hermon and Olivia Credland. They said: “The Burnside Partnership offers an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere, the likes of which are rare. The partners truly care about the staff, ensuring that everyone’s wellbeing, as well as their professional development, is maintained and supported. They provide us with an environment that encourages learning and allows us to try various types of work with the support of a fee earner.”

“As Apprentices we have been challenged and introduced to novel legal problems and ideas, as well as being encouraged to consistently expand our base of knowledge, skills and abilities. Due to the demanding work pace, challengingly high volume of work, combined with an unsurpassed level of support, we feel we have progressed further in our personal and professional lives in this past year than ever before.”

Partner Fiona Wheeler said: “Our Apprentices are absolutely central to our current business and our future plans. We are very lucky to have such conscientious, committed and motivated young people working with us, and they have very bright futures indeed.”

The Burnside Partnership was awarded ‘Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (<50 employees) at the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards in April and we're delighted that they will be sponsoring the Award at the 2020 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards. Anna and Della Burnside are pictured below with their award.