Stewarts is offering a seat in Knowledge Management (KM) and Compliance to trainees in its 2018 intake, in a break from the traditional format of having trainees only in legal practice areas.
The KM and Compliance seat at Stewarts will give trainee solicitors the opportunity to develop their commercial awareness of the innovative funding and regulatory environment at the firm. It will also help to develop the future lawyers’ understanding of how knowledge-sharing, legal technology, costs and project management, alternative funding arrangements and processes can be used to improve the legal services the firm delivers to its clients. All of these skills count towards the SRA requirements for completion of a training contract.
Julian Chamberlayne, Partner and Head of KM and Compliance said:
“The next generation of lawyers need to be looking forward and developing a different skill set to their predecessors. Over the past few years we have found ourselves creating brand new roles in KM and Compliance team here, like our Cost and Funding Analyst position. It has been a challenge to find candidates for these innovative positions, so we created this seat, which we hope will help our trainees to develop new skills and broaden the opportunities for their future careers. Stewarts is unique in recruiting all of its trainees from its paralegal pool, rather than recruiting directly from graduates. This new seat is in keeping with that “grow your own” philosophy”.
Catriona Abraham is the first trainee solicitor at Stewarts to take on the new role. She said:
“Being a great lawyer requires knowledge and skills beyond understanding the law. I’m really looking forward to getting started in the new KM and Compliance seat. I think it will enable me to develop wider skills which will help as I move through my legal career.”
Stewarts has made more training contracts available in 2018 than ever before with nine new positions being made available in September (eight in London and one in Leeds).
The firm has secured permanent roles for six of its seven qualifying trainees in September 2018, representing a strong retention rate of 86%.
At Stewarts, we aim to recruit and retain the best people at all levels of the firm. The ability, dedication and technical excellence of our people are critical to the successes we achieve for our clients.
We’ve highlighted some of the careers of our people, outlining the diverse paths they have taken to get where they are today, in some career stories. You can view them here.
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