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Zara Salmon, Paralegal
Daniel Martin, Paralegal
"My role with the Personal Injury legal team includes admin duties such as helping to prepare enclosures and briefs.
I achieved good GCSE results and chose to take an apprenticeship as I wanted a more hands on approach to learning.
Undertaking the apprenticeship has helped me to become more independent and develop motivational skills. This will help me to secure a professional role in the future.
My advice to new apprentices is to 'be proactive.'" Contact me »
Nicola Reeves, Personal Assistant
"My role is to assist the Executive Personal Assistant to our CEO and the Chief Operating Officer of the Finance team. My daily tasks include booking rooms and meetings, travel and accommodation, diary maintenance, organising emails, administration of the secondments project and loads more.
I started at DWF in October 2013 and enjoy the responsibility my role offers as well as the great opportunities that will help me progress in the future.
Before working for DWF I completed A-Levels in English Literature, Business, PE and Psychology. I decided to complete an apprenticeship as I thought university was too expensive and wanted to earn a wage whilst learning, gaining a qualification and getting real work experience.
Since beginning my apprenticeship I believe I have grown up and entered the real world, moving away from the shelter of education. This has made me more independent, hardworking and skilled.
My advice for new apprentices is: 'Take every opportunity and show people you’re more than an apprentice'”. Contact me »
Jennifer Farrell, Paralegal
"My role within the Commercial Insurance legal team includes managing my own caseload of subrogated recoveries along with acknowledging new instructions from insurer clients and ad-hoc administrative duties.
Before joining DWF I completed 4 A levels in English Language and Literature, Chemistry, Biology and Citizenship as well as 2 AS Levels in Psychology and the Extended Project Qualification. After completing these qualifications I began working for North Lancs Training Group, which provides training for young people across Lancashire. My previous roles have included administration, interviewing and inductions.
I enjoy working in DWF’s supportive environment because there is lots of support from a wide range of experts. I also like the variety of cases that I am involved with as this increases my knowledge and experience.
I chose the apprenticeship route because I enjoy a more hands-on learning experience where I am able to still continue to build my qualifications whilst achieving a ‘foot up the ladder’.
My advice to new apprentices is 'Do not be intimidated by the fact you don’t have a degree, DWF are supportive of your learning needs.'" Contact me »
Lauren Burns, Administrative Assistant
"My role includes booking external training for people within the firm, organising the firm wide New Starter Inductions and dealing with queries such as updating CPD points.
I started working at DWF in August 2013 and enjoy the opportunities to grow and experience new roles and I feel like a valuable member of my team.
I completed A-levels in: Geography, Law, Photography and History whilst working as a waitress. I chose to do an apprenticeship because I didn’t want to go to university and wanted to earn money whilst learning. My goal is to progress into a Personal Assistant role within the business and then onto become an Executive Assistant.
My advice for new apprentices is: 'Enjoy what you’re doing and focus on the task whilst trying to pick up lots of new skills'." Contact me »