Stockport-based Legal Apprentices Meet Lord Mandelson At MMU

Year Published: 2016

Three legal apprentices from North West law firm SAS Daniels have met Lord Mandelson. He recently visited Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to talk with a group of young people from a variety of business sectors about their experiences of apprenticeship schemes.


From left to right: Darren Smith, Jack Kelly, Lord Mandelson and Tom Pollock

As Chancellor of MMU, Lord Mandelson met with apprentices who study part-time at the University as part of their apprenticeship schemes. Darren Smith, Jack Kelly and Tom Pollock, from SAS Daniels attend MMU on a regular basis to study for their Level 3 Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

Lord Mandelson spoke with each of the SAS Daniels’ legal apprentices about why they had chosen an apprenticeship over a more traditional route into law, and their experiences of their chosen schemes so far.


Chris Swerling, Head of HR

Chris Swerling, Head of HR at SAS Daniels said: “We were delighted that three of our apprentices were invited to meet with Lord Mandelson. Our apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic, hands-on route into the legal profession and it’s great that Darren, Jack and Tom were able to share their experiences with him.

“On the successful completion of their two years’ apprenticeship, our apprentices will be offered positions at the firm as paralegals. They can then choose to further pursue their careers and train to become solicitors further down the line if they wish. Schemes like this prove that apprenticeships are a viable alternative to full-time higher education.”

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