Foot Anstey is set to launch a training academy, which will enable candidates to qualify as lawyers while working at the firm.
The West Country firm is planning to recruit 20 people to join its scheme, starting in September 2014. It has not yet decided which education provider it will use to train its recruits but has stated that has received “a good level of interest” from South West-based educators.
The firm took on six trainees in 2013 and another six will enter the firm in 2014.
A spokesperson explained that the firm will look to recruit both graduates and non-graduates through its academy, saying that there will be several entry levels.
It is not yet known if candidates will qualify as lawyers via an LPC or CILEx. The SRA is considering relaxing its rules on training, aiming to introduce alternate qualification routes “which can be tailored to specific markets and needs”.
Foot Anstey managing partner John Westwell said: “Our approach will be progressive. We have no plans to become a volume offering so there simply isn’t a need for a large paralegal workforce to support an operation of that kind.
“However, that doesn’t mean that all our junior lawyer recruitment will focus around traditional routes going forward. We plan to recruit and train able graduates who will support specialist practice areas. We’re finalising our plans for a training academy to train and develop these graduates.”
He added: “There will be a rewarding career structure: the options are many – it isn’t just a case of doing what the profession has done for many years either on the trainee solicitor or paralegal front.”