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DWF launches innovative SQE training programme in Northern Ireland

05 February 2024

DWF has launched an innovative route to legal qualification in Northern Ireland in partnership with BT Group and BARBRI.

Starting in 2024, an initial group of six trainees will commence a unique training programme which includes mentoring from lawyers in the Belfast offices of both DWF and BT Group. This programme provides candidates with an exciting range of insights, experience and skills across law firm and industry environments. One trainee will also complete a six-month secondment with the telecommunications entity.

Trainees will benefit from BARBRI’s engaging and flexible online SQE learning experience and one-to-one tutor support and coaching whilst based in Belfast.

Historically, law graduates in Northern Ireland have had to relocate in order to pursue a career in English law. However this scheme provides an accessible and exciting opportunity for those based in Northern Ireland, supporting diversity, inclusion and social mobility.

DWF’s UK & Ireland Regional Managing Partner, Hilary Ross, said:

“At DWF we are committed to breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity in the legal profession and this collaboration presents a golden opportunity for law graduates in Northern Ireland to pursue a career in English law without having to relocate.”

BARBRI UK Managing Director Lucie Allen said:

“Opening up new and innovative journeys into the profession is a subject close to our hearts at BARBRI. We are delighted to support DWF on this new SQE programme which offers a flexible and locally accessible route for candidates based in Northern Ireland.”

DWF and BARBRI commenced their collaboration to support diverse career paths and SQE candidates in 2023.

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