The apprenticeship programme is designed for anyone who has A levels or equivalent who wants to become a property lawyer. During the programme, you will learn practical skills that will make you a great property lawyer alongside completing the CLC so that you will become a qualified lawyer.

The programme lasts approximately 4 years. You begin your journey at Attwells learning about the office and the teams in the firm. You may move around and do items such as compliance, finance, ledges, general office work, helping with reception and much more.

After the first few months, you will move into the property team assisting property paralegals with their work. During this time, you will learn every stage involved in a conveyancing file and help with all areas of a property transaction.

After the first year with Attwell’s, you will progress to having your own caseload with supervision and assistance on training. You will also begin your academic course that will last around 3 years.

On qualification you have several opportunities at Attwells ranging from helping train new starters, bringing in work, helping with firmwide issues, networking and managing a team. The opportunities are endless. Laura Catania, head of conveyancing at Attwells completed the CLC while working here and is now a partner at the firm overseeing our biggest department.

What is the CLC ?

CLC stands for Council for Licenced Conveyancers. During the apprenticeship, you will learn and pass exams relevant to being a property lawyer. The qualification you receive at the end is equivalent to a degree and will allow you to deal with all legal matters relating to residential property law.

What is Residential Property Law?

Residential property law deals with all the legal items relating to selling, purchasing or re-mortgaging property. It includes items like reviewing and reporting on legal title documents and drafting and reviewing documents. Reporting on searches and mortgages. Discussing stamp duty tax and registering properties and land registry. It also can include items such as leasehold properties and leases, shared ownership and other help-to-buy schemes. There is a wide range of topics that a residential property lawyer would need to learn and understand.

Who should apply?

If you are interested in property law and would like to learn on the job while being paid then this role may be for you. We would be looking for people who have good attention to detail, organisation skills, people skills and problem-solving skills.

When should you apply?

We open applications up from September each year for the following year’s September intake. So people in year 13 should think about applying near the beginning of their academic year. We close applications around January time and interview around February for a September start.

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If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Reason at or call 01473229885.

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