Who are TLT?
We are a UK law firm with six offices across the UK. We have over 1000 staff and over 100 partners, 60 of whom are leaders in their fields.
We support our clients with legal services in three distinct areas. Advisory: helping with strategic and day-to-day legal issues, Disputes: helping prevent and, where needed, manage conflict, and Transactions: helping organisations expand, restructure or sell.
We’re known for our supportive and flexible approach. This helps us maintain long-lasting relationships with many of our clients.
Have you faced a skills shortage?
We are a growing firm – so are always looking for good people across a range of levels and areas of expertise who can support us in delivering an exceptional service for our clients. Roles vary from working in our specialist legal teams through IT and projects to marketing and HR.
One area where we have found a particular skill shortage is experienced Legal Secretaries. We believe this is a culmination of secretaries not moving jobs but also with that role diversifying into either a PA focused position or document management/admin role.
How have you decided to combat these challenges?
We’ve invested in bringing in staff at a junior level and have run in-house training and development programmes to get them to the experience level we need. We do this by not only providing training but also day to day support and supervision in the work place.
We also started to work with Weston College due to their reputation, location and the range of courses they provide. They currently support us with level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships within our volume business teams. The roles that they currently support vary from apprentice office assistants to apprentice case handlers.
Over the last 12 months we have successfully recruited around 11 apprentices through Weston College on a range of level 2 and 3 apprenticeships.
What do Weston College offer TLT?
Weston College offer us a range of courses to suit our needs across both legal and non-legal teams. We currently have apprentices undertaking level 2 and level 3 courses in business administration and customer services and are looking to expand our apprenticeship offering to other courses in 2019.
Weston College are also close to our Bristol headquarters and on hand to support with the recruitment and delivery of the onsite training required for each apprenticeship
Since working with Weston College, we have seen a reduction in the time it takes for someone to start their apprenticeship. This has helped to get them up and running sooner, boosting our ability to deliver work for our clients.
We’ve also offered permanent positions to a number of our apprentices upon finishing their programme, which allows us to bring on staff with the skills we require and make a long-term investment in their career with us.
How has this partnership helped you address problems?
We are driven to broaden access to the legal profession and developing student career aspirations. This is something which can be difficult to achieve. One way in which we do this is through offering apprenticeships which offer alternative routes into the legal profession.
We are able to attract a wide range of talent into the business from a variety of backgrounds by taking on apprentices. We feel that apprentices positively impact our business by bringing a range of skills, a fresh outlook and enthusiasm.
What are the company plans for future growth?
We have grown by over 60% in the last five years and have ambitious plans for the future too. With advances in technology driving rapid change in the legal sector, there are huge opportunities to transform what we do.
We are therefore looking at how we can grasp those opportunities through initiatives like our cross-firm Future Law programme. This is an exciting time for the firm and our people.