Introducing The Burnside Partnership, Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards supporter

We are delighted to introduce The Burnside Partnership as a supporter of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2018. The Burnside Partnership is a growing law firm offering technically outstanding advice from specialist lawyers who are sensitive to clients’ needs and take time to understand their individual circumstances and priorities. For many clients, The Burnside Partnership are the modern version of the “Family Solicitor” - a constant in the background offering ongoing support and assistance and often working with different generations of the same family. For other clients they provide one-off, bespoke pieces of advice.

Partner Fiona Wheeler explains why Apprenticeships are so important to the firm and why they're keen to champion the Apprenticeship route into a legal career...

Tell us why you’re supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

We were absolutely thrilled to have Chloe’s hard work recognised at such an amazing event last year, when she won both Advanced and Overall Apprentice of the Year. Read the article here. Chloe is an outstanding Apprentice and has worked tirelessly to build on her skills and knowledge and to contribute to our team. We are also delighted to have the opportunity to bring awareness of Legal Apprenticeships to a wider audience by supporting the Awards this year. We believe that Apprenticeships are a really important alternative route to a legal career and the more potential Apprentices and employers who know about them, the better. 

Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships

As a business, we have already benefitted from the support of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship team so much. When we were setting up, we were interested in offering Apprenticeships but knew very little about them and needed a lot of guidance, which the team provided brilliantly.

We decided to work with CILEx Law School and offer a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Legal Services. They helped with recruitment and we employed Chloe as our first Apprentice and Legal Administrator in July 2015, around six weeks after we opened for business. She has been such an excellent Apprentice that a number of the firm’s professional contacts who have met her are investigating taking on an Apprentice themselves. We have since recruited our second Apprentice Cyra at Level 3. Cyra is mentored by Chloe, who is enjoying passing her knowledge to the next member of the team.

Both Chloe and our current Apprentice Cyra have been given the opportunity to act as Apprenticeship Ambassadors which has been wonderful for their confidence and personal development. It also helps to make sure that young people thinking about a career in law are aware of all their options and the benefits of taking the Apprenticeship route.