An exciting new partnership between Law Training Centre and Wilson Browne Solicitors is the launch pad for Law Training Centre’s brand-new Legal Talent Development Team dedicated to helping employers attract and retain their staff in ways they may never have considered before. Keeping great legal talent isn’t just about paying them more, it’s about enhancing their career and offering a range of opportunities in other ways.
The team will work with Wilson Browne to audit training needs – for both new and existing staff. It will also look at how staff currently undertaking training are doing with their studies, reviewing progress and where there may be need for more support. Using its unique Course Comparison Guide the team will help the firm consider where they would gain the greatest benefit in both time and cost for everyone concerned.
Kevin Rogers, Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Law Training Centre so that all of our staff have access to a wide range of courses, from short introductory courses, to licensed paralegal, probate practitioner, licensed conveyancer, CILEX or SQE. It is so refreshing to have direct, tailor-made course content, where a two-way dialogue ensures the best outcomes for learners and staff. I look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Besides Wilson Browne Solicitors, the team is taking its extensive experience and unique perspective to law firms across the UK. They will help law firms make the changes required to tackle the pressures of growing competition by ensuring they are in the best position to attract and retain staff, as well as supporting a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Dino Dullabh, Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, Law Training Centre, explains: “Our Legal Talent Development Team is focused on the talent of the law firm – their people. It will focus on service and helping firms and employees choose the right qualifications and courses for their team and the future growth of their business. The new team is central to one of Law Training Centre’s core values of breaking down barriers too. In this case, the barrier is a lack of awareness by firms that there are more options than ever before to qualify, and that they are more flexible, and cost less than you might think. Law Training Centre is the first and only law school to offer all the major routes to qualifying (from paralegal to solicitor and notary) under one roof.”
The team is led by Diane Clark, an HR professional, who is joined on the team by Louise McGhee, Head of Academics and Partnerships, who has more than 15 years legal practice experience; Yasmin Hoque, Consultant Solicitor at Access Law Clinic and QWE Specialist, and Rebecca Ogunmayun, Legal Training Advisor who liaises with employers and our learners on a day-to-day basis.
Diane has 25 years’ experience working as an HR professional so she knows how challenging it can be for employers to ensure good morale and staff engagement are maintained. She appreciates the competitive and pressurised world we live in. She says: “Our Talent Development Team is a great blend of hands-on knowledge. Louise and Yasmin both have real world practitioner experience, and extensive legal educational experience with tutoring, coaching, assessing and content development at Law Training Centre. Because they understand the pressures within law firms from a practicing point of view, they are able to mentor learners who are struggling with work life balance. This is alongside Rebecca, a law graduate involved in the design and content of our courses, whilst also studying the SQE. She appreciates first-hand the pressures of studying whilst working and keeping a healthy work-life balance.”
Dino says: “The team embodies our culture of collaboration to get the best possible outcomes for people and law firms. We will do things in our unique way to achieve this. For example, for the smaller firms who don’t have internal HR or training managers leading on staff development, Diane will provide advice for potential next steps for their employees. Another example is where a firm does not have the L&D function to effectively coach their employees, our academic team will assist them.”