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Justice week 2018 – why we need to act now

Justice week is a new initiative aimed at increasing public awareness of the sweeping changes decimating the legal landscape.

The event, set up by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, will run from today, Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November and involves a week long programme of events that demonstrate why justice and the law are so fundamental to our society and to the communities that we live in.

Don Bird, senior partner at Atherton Godfrey, said: “This is an opportunity for the legal sector to increase public understanding of just how fragile our justice system is and the role that the government continues to play in its demise.

Many parts of the justice system are now at breaking point, we need to recognise the importance of what we have and take action before it’s too late.”

One of the events being staged is ‘Justice in Focus’, an exhibition at the Law Society’s head office in London that will show the importance of access to justice in a pictorial format. It highlights some of the ways that lawyers can help solve the everyday problems any one of us could become victim to at any time, for example:

  • Being unfairly dismissed from work
  • Fighting eviction or repossession
  • Ensuring access to children after a divorce
  • Challenging local authority decisions or policies

None of us know when we will need the help of a lawyer; we just expect the legal safety net to be there if ever we need it.


Media enquiries

If you would like to know more about Justice Week, please contact: The Law Society: Catherine Reed, 0207 320 5902


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Legal sector apprenticeships

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018, Atherton Godfrey is highlighting the roles that are available for apprentices in the legal sector.

The firm, which has been established in the town centre for almost 40 years, employs just over 120 staff in both legal and support roles.

Stephanie Veysey, who has been responsible for recruiting a number of the apprentices,  said: “Many people wouldn’t automatically associate law with apprenticeships but our firm is large enough to be able to provide a range of high quality, on-the-job training for local people.

We currently have six apprentices training with us, working in a variety of different positions across the business, including legal, IT and administration.

Apprenticeships were introduced here at the firm because we feel they can play such an important role in developing a person’s career and they are open to almost anyone of any age. Not everyone is academically minded and so apprenticeships provide an alternative route to success.

While we can’t guarantee permanent positions at the end of their apprenticeship, all the apprentices will have developed an excellent skill set that will be of enormous benefit to them in pursuing their chosen career.

We are also about to begin offering internships for law students who are looking to gain experience during their summer breaks. “

Apprenticeship case study:

Lucy Baker (20) started her Legal Services Apprenticeship with Atherton Godfrey in March 2017.

Lucy said: “I originally started here as clerical assistant. That was a really good place to find out about the firm and the kind of work they do. Then I got the opportunity to train as a secretary in the Personal Injury department, which is where I first got really interested in law. The next step for me came last year when the firm offered me a litigation apprenticeship.

It’s a great place to learn. I’m getting lots of training and support and I’m already managing my own caseload.”

If you are interested in a career with Atherton Godfrey, keep an eye on our website or follow us on social media if you want to be first to know about our vacancies.