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Ships ahoy

Set sail with these five firms, renowned for their expertise on the high seas, whether that’s to do with shipbuilding contracts or piracy litigation:


For law graduates not going on to the LPC or BPTC, a career as a professional paralegal is a real alternative. Being a paralegal is not the same as being a lawyer, but as doctors are supported by skilled nurses, so too solicitors are supported by skilled paralegals. And as with nurses, nowadays paralegals are becoming a recognised professional group in their own right.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

CILEx is the professional body representing around 20,000 trainee and qualified chartered legal executive lawyers. Changes in legislation mean that chartered legal executive lawyers are increasingly on a level playing field with solicitors or barristers, as they can now become judges, advocates and partners in law firms.

Legal apprenticeships

There's no denying it – apprenticeships in the legal sector are gaining momentum. The traditional route to being a lawyer is being challenged by, among other things, the Legal Education and Training Review, the rise of legal executives, increasing paralegal numbers, and alternative business structures.


Pro bono initiatives

Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme

This is a government compensation scheme which pays money to victims of violent crimes who have suffered physical or mental injuries. Some firms (for example, those listed below) may be involved in assisting victims to make applications for compensation, but it should be made clear that this is not a scheme in which volunteers can participate.

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