Apprenticeship Programme

Our apprenticeship programmes offer an attractive route into a commercial, professional services environment for driven and ambitious candidates. Our ‘earn as you learn’ qualification pathway offers the opportunity to combine academic study with work-based learning; simultaneous exposure to university and commercial environments; and potential future qualification and career opportunities on successful completion of a level 3 apprenticeship.

  • Business Operations Apprenticeship

    Business Operations Apprenticeship

    Apprenticeships are available in a number of our Business Operations teams and we currently have apprentices in our Responsible Business, Accounts and Payroll departments. As an apprentice in one of our Business Operations teams, you will spend 20% of your time in off-the-job learning, delivered via a blend of small group, face-to-face sessions and remote tutor support.
    Pinsent Masons are currently accepting applications for Apprentices to join the following departments and locations:

    • Accounts Apprentice, Birmingham
    • Accounts Apprentice, London

    You can register for updates on our website to receive a notification when a vacancy matching your requirements is advertised in the future.

    Accounts Apprenticeship

    We are looking to recruit apprentices to work within our Accounts team. We are looking for dynamic individuals to work within a busy accounts environment supporting management with the collation, administration and processing of accounts.

    Please see below a summary of the sorts of tasks you could be expected to carry out in each team as an Accounts apprentice:

    Accounts Payable

    • Processing invoices, ensuring they are promptly logged and authorised
    • Arranging cheques or BACS to suppliers for invoices due for payment
    • Supporting the team with pending VAT, ensuring compliance with VAT regulations
    • Maintaining supplier addresses and payment terms
    • Posting disbursement costs onto the sales ledger
    • Assisting with reconciliation of supplier statements and monthly reconciliations
    • Ad hoc duties as required

     

    Travel & Expenses

    • Dealing with Travel Accounts, checking supplier invoices, uploading these to the purchase ledger system and arranging payment
    • Checking online expense claims and ensuring they are approved in the line with the firm’s Travel & Expenses policy
    • Supporting the team with VAT compliance and PSA regulations
    • Processing of payment schedules weekly and arranging BACS to suppliers or staff for invoices and expenses which are due for payment
    • Reconciliation of vendor records and monthly reconciliations
    • Filing and archiving of all vendor records and invoices
    • Ad hoc duties as required

     

    Billing

    • Assist with bill processing at the month end
    • Ensure that all bills are sent out as soon as possible after they have been processed
    • Write off disbursements and WIP (Work in Progress)
    • Have an awareness of client terms particularly in relation to Billing, Reporting, Value Accounts
    • Ensuring that when a Lawyer leaves the Firm, their client (in respect of a Partner) and matter roles are re-allocated in a timely manner and in accordance with the Firm’s protocols
    • Ad hoc duties as required

     

    Credit Control

    • Producing copy invoices
    • Completing vendor forms
    • Updating contact details in Aderant Collections
    • Chasing small value accounts
    • Sending reminder letters/statements
    • Setting up a client extended payment terms document
    • Ad hoc administrative duties

     

    The Accounts Apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship which provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector.

  • Paralegal Apprenticeship

    Paralegal Apprenticeship

    If you join Pinsent Masons as a paralegal apprentice you’ll become an integral member of one of our fee-earning teams. You will spend 80% of your time working on client projects alongside experienced Lawyers and Trainee Solicitors who will provide regular mentoring and feedback. This will ensure you learn and develop vital skills such as attention to detail, team working and research. You’ll also attend the University of Law for the remaining 20% to help achieve the academic requirements of your apprenticeship qualification.

    Your day-to-day experiences will depend on the practice area you join, but it’s fair to say that no two days will be the same. You’ll be learning continuously as you work towards identifiable achievements. Typically, this will include drafting and proof-reading documents and correspondence, undertaking research, liaising with clients by phone, email and at face-to-face meetings; and getting involved in community work. You’ll also learn how to network with different groups of people as you attend training, seminars and conferences. Fantastic progression opportunities could be available on successful completion of this apprenticeship.

    We do not currently have any Paralegal Apprenticeship vacancies, however you can register for updates on our website to receive a notification when a vacancy matching your requirements is advertised in the future.

  • Making an Application

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    The minimum academic requirements that all our apprentices are expected to meet or exceed are:

    • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English
    • 3 A-levels (or equivalent) at grade B

    If you do not meet any of the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances which explain why you have failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, please include this in your application form.

    Application to Assessment

    We are currently inviting applications for Apprentices to join the following departments and locations:

    You can find out more about the vacancies and submit an application using the above links.

    You should look to demonstrate evidence of extracurricular activity, team working, strong oral and written communication skills, self-awareness and time management. Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable professional career. Please take your time, consider your answers and remember to double-check them for accuracy and spelling.

    After the deadline, applications are reviewed and we shortlist those candidates who best demonstrate the core capabilities we are looking for in our apprentices. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a telephone interview and to sit an on-line test. Candidates who are successful at the telephone interview stage and on-line test will then be invited to attend an assessment centre which will comprise of a number of different elements:

    • a group exercise
    • a financial aptitude test

    The final stage of the recruitment process will be an interview at the Pinsent Masons offices.

    Once the final interviews have taken place we will contact all applicants to advise of the outcome of their application. The entire application process from vacancy deadline to notification of outcome should take no longer than two months.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email Karen Murray, Apprenticeship Officer, at Apprenticeships@pinsentmasons.com or call on 0141 567 8776.

  • Salary & Benefits

    Our Apprentices will be paid £18,564 per annum in London and £15,925 per annum per annum in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

    The firm also offers the sort of comprehensive benefits package you would expect from a leading employer:

    • The opportunity to join a global, innovative and forward thinking firm;
    • Competitive salary and benefits package, including 25 days holiday, private healthcare and a contributory pension
    • Discounts on various purchases including hotel stays, mobile phone contracts, theatre tickets, sporting events, holidays and insurance

  • Skills Development

    We are proud of the high quality work we can offer to Apprentices, and are keen to offer the best possible experience to those who join us. Throughout your apprenticeship, you will receive:

    • Technical training specific to your department
    • Soft skills training, applicable to your apprenticeship and to future roles
    • Employability skills training, both at the University of Law and Pinsent Masons
    • Accounts and Paralegal Apprentices have a dedicated study day each week and go to the University of Law or Damar Training (our training partners) to use their facilities The other four days (80% of their time) are office based.

  • Find Out More

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email the Apprenticeship team or call Karen Murray, Apprenticeship Officer on 0141 567 8776.
    You may also wish to visit our Instagram page, Facebook page or follow our Trainees on Twitter @PMgrads where you can receive up-to-date news from the firm and find out more about developments across the legal sector.

     

    If you have any other questions relating to this programme, take a look at the FAQs section of the website.