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Deloitte Legal training contracts to offer innovative option for aspiring solicitors

10 September 2019

  • Launch of new graduate training contract programme for September 2020 intake;
  • Deloitte Legal becomes early adopter of the SRA’s new Solicitors Qualifying Examination;
  • Graduates and apprentices will join growing team of 200+ people delivering technology-enabled legal solutions.

Deloitte has today opened applications for new graduate-level legal qualifications within its UK Deloitte Legal practice. In addition, the firm has also announced the inclusion of new legal apprenticeships as part of Deloitte’s BrightStart Apprenticeship programme.

Deloitte Legal training contract: a new era of legal education
Applications are now open for the Deloitte Legal Training Contract to find the next generation of solicitors. Deloitte’s programme will see successful applicants commence their legal training from September 2020, qualifying as solicitors in 2023.

Deloitte Legal has worked closely with the University of Law (ULaw) to develop an innovative training programme to prepare students for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the incoming reformed solicitor qualification confirmed last year by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The new SQE Training Contracts enable law students to take up their place straight out of university, allowing them to start earning immediately while gaining qualifying legal work experience before sitting their SQE 1 and 2. This differs from the current arrangements where trainees do not take up their place until after they have completed an additional year studying the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Successful applicants will be client facing during periods of their training and will gain valuable experience across a number of Deloitte Legal’s areas of practice including tax litigation, employment and corporate and commercial law.

In addition, trainees will also be able to use first-hand some of the firm’s proprietary legal technology, including dTrax, an AI-enabled contract management tool, and MyInsight, a secure client portal that enables clients to track and monitor their legal compliance services. This innovative approach will help foster a new generation of high quality, forward-thinking solicitors.

Michael Castle, UK managing partner for Deloitte Legal, said: “The legal training environment is undergoing significant change to contend with a rapidly evolving legal landscape. Deloitte Legal is in the fortunate position of being able to immediately adopt the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam, allowing us to be at the forefront of what is undoubtedly an exciting new era in legal education and training.

“We want to broaden access to the profession and make it as inclusive as possible. This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring solicitors to earn while they learn, while also encountering the wealth of expertise beyond legal work that Deloitte Legal can offer as a multidisciplinary firm.

“Deloitte Legal is a fast-growing and ambitious team that provides clients with new solutions to legal problems. Our trainees will be able to experience the future of law, today.”

Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice-Chancellor and CEO of ULaw, said: “It has always been hugely important for us to nurture the next generation of legal talent. With the new SQE Training Contracts allowing students to experience the real legal world earlier in their career and education, we are now able to team with leading organisations such as Deloitte to continue our aim of providing a more practical and hands-on legal education.”

Legal BrightStart Apprenticeship
In addition to the graduate training contracts, Deloitte Legal has also included new legal apprenticeships as part of the wider firm’s successful BrightStart Apprenticeship. The programme offers students the chance to gain professional qualifications while being fully immersed in a job helping to solve some of Deloitte’s clients’ most challenging problems.

As with the graduate-level training contract, Deloitte Legal will welcome apprentices onto the Level 7 solicitor apprenticeship programme delivered by the University of Law.

Dimple Agarwal, Deloitte’s managing partner for People and Purpose, added: “We are investing in the future of the legal profession, with a focus on high quality training. A Deloitte Legal apprenticeship can be the first step in an exciting career, working on projects that have a real impact to our clients’ businesses. We provide training for all of the skills and knowledge needed to do the job.”

Deloitte Legal has continued to grow since being awarded its ABS license in the summer of 2018. The practice now has a UK headcount of more than 200 people delivering technology-enabled legal solutions in areas such as employment, litigation, corporate and commercial and immigration including more than 80 client-facing practicing lawyers. Globally, Deloitte Legal currently has c.2,500 professionals operating in more than 80 countries around the world.

In the 2019 financial year, over 4,000 people joined Deloitte, including 1,200 graduates and school leavers in Deloitte’s UK apprenticeship programme.

Applications for the Deloitte Legal Training Contract for 2020 are now open. Applications for the BrightStart Apprenticeship will open on 4 November.

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About the Deloitte Legal Training Contract
Deloitte Legal will be offering training contracts to university graduates for the first time from September 2020.

Unlike the current training contract regime, Deloitte Legal has worked closely with the University of Law (formally the College of Law) to develop an innovative training programme under the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the incoming reformed solicitor qualification announced last year by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Please click here for more information on the Deloitte Legal Training Contract.

About Deloitte’s BrightStart Apprenticeships
Deloitte’s BrightStart Apprenticeship programme is an option for school leavers to make the jump straight into the world of professional services and start to earn while they continue to learn. The programme offers students the chance to gain professional qualifications while being fully immersed in a job helping to solve some of Deloitte’s clients’ most challenging problems. Academic entry requirements can be viewed here. The length of programme typically varies from around 3-6 years depending on business area. The programme will be six years for the Deloitte Legal apprenticeship, and applications will open on 4 November 2019.

About Deloitte Legal
Deloitte Legal means the legal practices of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited member firms or their affiliates that provide legal services. In the UK, Deloitte Legal covers both legal advisory (regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) and non-SRA regulated legal consulting services. For legal, regulatory and other reasons, not all member firms provide legal services.

About Deloitte
In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

Please see deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NSE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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About The University of Law (ULaw)
The University of Law is one of the longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training in the UK, with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham, and an international campus in Hong Kong. You can also study our courses at the University of East Anglia, The University of Exeter, The University of Reading, and The University of Liverpool.

The University of Law’s market-leading Employability Service gives students access to work experience and pro bono opportunities and legal vacancies as soon as they accept their place. The result is excellent employability statistics: 97% of our full-time and accelerated UK/EEA LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.

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