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1:45 PM 12th October 2021
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Holden Smith Makes Trio Of Appointments To Graduate Apprenticeship Programme

Clockwise from left - Olivia Cook, J Brittany Clark, J Chelsey Kneen and Alexandra Greene
Clockwise from left - Olivia Cook, J Brittany Clark, J Chelsey Kneen and Alexandra Greene
Yorkshire law firm Holden Smith has added three new trainee solicitors to its graduate apprenticeship programme.

The firm has appointed Olivia Cooke, Chelsey Kneen and Alexandra Greene to the programme, which launched in February and is run in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw).

The programme aims to improve social mobility in the legal sector and help candidates from non-traditional legal backgrounds begin a career in law by providing on-the-job training for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), set to be introduced in September this year.

James Smith, co-founder and director at Holden Smith, said “The graduate apprenticeship programme has proved really successful since we introduced it at the start of the year and appointed our first graduate apprentice, Brittany Clark.

“As a forward-thinking firm, we’re keen to help open the doors to a career in law for people who may not have considered it, or thought it was out of reach, through an apprenticeship scheme.

“Our latest graduates will train on the job with us alongside their studies at ULaw to prepare them for the two stage SQE assessment while at the same time developing their skills working in a law practice.”

Holden Smith was founded in 2019. The firm has offices in Huddersfield, Leeds and Elland and employs 50 people.