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ITV partners with Slaughters and US firm for solicitor apprenticeship

Written by: Richard Simmons
Published on: 28 Nov 2016

ITV has partnered with Slaughter and May and US firm Arnold & Porter to deliver its solicitor apprenticeship.

The broadcaster became the first organisation to officially go ahead with the government’s Trailblazer scheme in 2015, beating law firms to the punch. It is also working with City University and CILEx Law School to deliver the six-year programme, with apprentices spending time in university as well as in the workplace.

Secondments into the law firms will come in the fifth year, by which point the apprentices will be at the equivalent of trainee level. They will spend six months working in Slaughter and May’s property department and another six in the media litigation team at Arnold & Porter.

ITV is mapping the work apprentices do with what they are studying at the time, so in year one they will work in its contract-heavy commercial legal team at the same time as they are studying contract law at university.

Speaking to Lawyer 2B, ITV Director of Legal Affairs Barry Matthews said: “We have worked with Slaughter and May for well over 10 years delivering our trainee scheme, so they have a long track record providing similar placements: they understand what we expect in terms of the training.

“We have also had lots of involvement with Arnold & Porter: [partner] Richard Dickinson is one of our preferred providers and we have worked with the firm on the Legal Social Mobility Partnership, so again we have a good understanding of how they operate in terms of providing learning to young people.”

Law firms now running the full six-year Trailblazer apprenticeship include Kennedys, Burges Salmon and Eversheds.