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Corey Else began his career as an apprentice at Fidler & Pepper Lawyers. So how has it been so far, and would he recommend apprenticeships for everyone?

I chose an apprenticeship over college because I knew I didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk for another two to four years. I wanted something more proactive where I could also be earning a wage. After finishing school, the idea of then going on to college just wasn’t something that interested me.

I originally wanted an apprenticeship in Business Admin but then I came across Fidler & Pepper, and even though I wasn’t looking for an apprenticeship in the legal sector, I fell on my feet as I now love what I do. The firm has a good local reputation so I was excited to be considered and then just had so many opportunities to learn and develop.

At Fidler & Pepper Lawyers you may start in office admin but can have the opportunity to work in Private Client, IT, Accounts, reception, or Conveyancing. In Conveyancing you could work in New Business, then transfer to support a team, then have your own caseload.

People think to do well in law you need a law degree but this isn’t the case and college/university isn’t for everyone so it’s great that you can work and learn and progress.

Fidler & Pepper is a very supportive firm, especially with their apprentices – ensuring that they receive the training and time to enable them to develop within their roles or move onto other roles.

We have one-to-one training, workshops, quizzes to support with training, group training sessions – all of which are equally important. Fidler & Pepper is a modern company that wants to grow its own staff and give people such great opportunities. We have flexi-time, fruit delivered, pizza days – in fact, it’s just a great place to work.

I worked in office admin as an apprentice and soon moved on to Post Completion – helping to set up a team. I then worked supporting teams learning all aspects of Conveyancing.  I then worked closely with a Fee Earner with my own caseload as an Assistant.

Since last December, I have had a caseload as a Trainee Fee Earner and am currently studying to become a Conveyancing Technician. Once qualified, in March, I will then go on to start my training to become a Licenced Conveyancer. My aim over time would be to be working with our biggest referrers and helping to develop our positive relationships with them.

I don’t know if an apprenticeship would suit everybody, but it has suited me. And I do know that if someone wants to progress well in their career, Fidler & Pepper genuinely provides a really good career path.

To find out about our current job opportunities, take a look at our current vacancies

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It was a proud moment for us when we were recognised for our work with apprentices by winning the Apprentice Employer of the Year award last week at the Nottingham Post Business awards. We first started offering apprenticeships in 2002 and since then more than 20 people have successfully progressed through our  schemes.

 Mark Slade, our Managing Partner, said:  “This is such a proud moment for me, and for the firm as a whole. Growing our own team is part of who we are and why we continue to grow and progress as a firm. It’s not about ticking boxes or hitting targets; it’s about offering work-based learning to people who can make a difference.”

 “And make a difference they certainly do. We have people who have completed their apprenticeships and have gone on to more senior roles here at Fidler & Pepper. So, when we say this award is a team effort, we really mean it.”

Wendy Walker, our Conveyancing Operations Manager said: “We’re so proud of the amazing group of apprentices we have the pleasure to work with every single day. It’s so rewarding to watch local, young people follow a fantastic career path.”

One of our apprentices Lucy Cowe, a recent Apprentice of the Year winner, said: “An apprenticeship is perfect for me and I love working here. The award is brilliant news and well deserved.”

Recruiting, training and developing apprentices is at the heart of our ‘grow our own’ people development strategy and we are proud of the people we have working for us and how much they have developed. We will continue to support our staff and provide training opportunities as this supports our great people and makes business sense.

 

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At Fidler & Pepper we focus on developing careers

We recruit, train and retain our staff as part of our ‘Grow Our Own’ people development strategy. Put simply, that means we like to recruit the very best staff and help them to grow and develop to meet their own career goals and to support our business goals. We have a structured development plan which allows members of our team to move up and across to other roles and this is supported by internal and external training and nationally recognised qualifications. We’re really pleased to say that we have a lot of staff that have joined us and are now progressing through the business.

We have a commitment to supporting apprenticeships

Over the years more than 30 of our staff have successfully completed apprenticeships gaining over 50 qualifications between them. Currently we have 8 apprentices across our business (Our wonderful apprentices are pictured above) working hard to support all of our departments.  Over the past couple of years we have had 4 apprentices who have been recognised as winners and finalists in various apprentice of the year awards. One of our current apprentices Lucy Cowe is a current finalist in both the CT Skills Made in the Midlands Apprentice of the Year award and the Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Business awards. Fingers crossed for Lucy and thank you for your hard work!

We’re always on the look out for great people!

We offer a variety of roles from legal roles to business support roles and at Fidler & Pepper we aim to create a great place to work and provide training and development opportunities for our staff. Our staff development motto is Happy Staff = Happy clients as we know that happy staff provide a positive service to our clients, which makes clear business sense!

Check out our vacancies

If you’re interested in working for Fidler & Pepper then check out our current vacancies!  If you want to apply for a position with us then your C.V. needs to stand out. Below are some useful tips, particularly if this will be your first ever role – we understand it can be daunting, but these tips will help;

Use a simple C.V. format

Be specific, what are your skills and how do they suit the role?

Use examples; when have you solved problems? Managed a situation?

List your achievements – you should be proud of them, let people know!

Be truthful

Ensure you have the correct contact details listed

Another top tip is, if you have an outdated, or immature email e.g. spidermanrocks@gmail.com, change it to your name, e.g. peter.parker08@gmail.com

Always include a cover letter

We look forward to hearing from you

If you have any questions simply give us a call on 01623 45 11 11 or alternatively,  if you’re making an application for one of our current job roles then we look forward to hearing from you!

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Wendy Walker is one of our inspirational employees and is often described as going above and beyond to help drive Fidler & Pepper forward. The great news is that her hard work has resulted in her being shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Wendy, who has worked at fidler & Pepper for more than 36 years, is a finalist in the Female Employee of the Year category of the Chamber East Midlands’ Enterprising Women Awards.

Whilst Wendy’s main role is to supervise our large and growing conveyancing team, she also takes a lead in day-to-day management of the firm, managing work volumes, personnel and firm wide projects.

Mark Slade – Fidler & Pepper’s Managing Partner, said: “Wendy is one of a kind. Her work ethic and dedicated approach enables the firm to reach its ambitious targets and goals. She is a wonderful role model to all of the firm, and fully deserves to be a finalist.”

The East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) Enterprising Women awards “celebrate and showcase the successes of women in business that have taken place in the East Midlands business community over the past year”.

Corey Else, who has been at Fidler & Pepper for three years, started out as an apprentice. He said: “I really feel supported by Wendy, who helps me set a clear path of what I can do next. I’m now working towards a professional qualification as a Conveyancing Technician.”

Her colleague Sophie Wise, added: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and I’m now a trainee Conveyancing Assistant. I’m pleased to be progressing with the Conveyancing team and Wendy has definitely helped me to see how I can keep moving on in the future.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on March 2, a date that was chosen as it is close to International Women’s Day, which is on March 8.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed and wish Wendy lots of luck on awards night!

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Growing your own is fashionable nowadays and Fidler & Pepper being the trend-setters we are, have been doing it for years! OK, so we aren’t growing our own marrows, but we are growing our own people!

We’re planting little seeds of knowledge in our staff and nurturing them into a bumper crop of Conveyancers, Private Client Specialists and support staff.

We have always seen the importance of training and developing the staff we have rather than looking elsewhere and we think that growing our own has produced the best batch of employees we could ask for.

It’s a win-win as well as we’re offering not just jobs, but the chance for a lifelong career, with career paths that can lead in various directions based on the abilities and interests of our staff.  Some of our employees have started out as apprentices and gone on to train as fully qualified lawyers!

We’re really pleased that our people growing has been recognised over the years and in recent years two of our apprentices Amber and Sian have won apprentice of the year awards. Recently our Sophie Wise was a finalist in the Chambers of Commerce awards and the NMSY Apprentice awards and Phoebe Killeen was a finalist in the Chad Business awards.

As a firm we’re also very proud winners of the Chad Business Awards in the People Development category, which recognises our commitment to training and developing our staff. This follows our Gold award from Youth Employment UK for our focus on being a youth friendly employer!

We’re always on the look out for a few good seeds to sprout for the next people harvest so if you’re interested in a career with Fidler and Pepper (and don’t mind our terrible gardening puns) check out our website for vacancies and more information. If you’d like to talk to us, simply call 01623 45 11 11.

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