Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) - Solicitor Apprenticeship - Uxbridge

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Solicitor Apprentice - Uxbridge

From a secret recipe to a bold idea and very proud traditions, we build the future. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is a major fast-moving consumer goods business in Europe and the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Across 13 countries, our employees make, sell and distribute the world’s most loved drinks brands to more than 300 million people. Some of the brands you will find in our portfolio are Coca-Cola®, Fanta®, Smartwater, Monster® and Capri-Sun®.

CCEP is the first FMCG company to offer the level 7Solicitor Apprenticeship, a fantastic and exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and forward thinking in-house legal team that is a key business player in CCEP’s success. The in-house legal team at CCEP is made up of over 60 lawyers across 13 countries, who between them offer a full spectrum of legal support to our clients at CCEP.

The Details

CCEP’s level seven solicitor apprenticeship is a six-year programme leading to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales and allows you to earn a salary rather than paying the tuition fees required for full-time study. It represents a chance to forge a long-term career and invaluable experience supporting world-class brands across the business.

The programme is due to start in September 2018 and is split between work-based learning and part-time study delivered by City, University of London and CILEx Law School. CCEP will support you with paid time off to attend classes together with study leave for assessments. By the end of the programme, you will be a qualified solicitor having obtained an LLB degree and having completed all of the required professional qualifications including the SRA centralised assessment.

Role and responsibilities

Over the six-year period, our solicitor apprentice will receive training and experience across all the sectors and services provided by the CCEP legal team and gaining insight into the wider business. They will carry out supervised work-based learning in order to meet the SRA’s competence statement and will produce a work-based assessment portfolio. In addition to examinations throughout the apprenticeship, there will also be an SRA centralised assessment that our apprentice will need to pass in order to qualify as a solicitor.

Examples of duties and responsibilities in year one:

  1. Managing yourself and your work effectively
  2. Establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with internal clients and colleagues
  3. Attending meetings, taking minutes and writing attendance notes
  4. Proofreading legal documents
  5. Conducting basic legal research and reporting on findings to team members
  6. Assisting the solicitors in the team with their workloads, subject to close supervision
  7. Legal admin tasks; assisting in the preparation of documents for litigation, binding and preparing trial bundles, as required.

As our solicitor apprentice grows with confidence and their skills develop, we will increase their level of responsibilities and introduce more complex work.

What we expect of you


  • 8 GCSE grades *A to C or equivalent are essential, with A’s and B’s Maths and English.
  • 3 A’ Levels at grade B or above (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). (120 UCAS)

Skills & Experience

  • Ability to work with technology
  • Ability to work in a business environment
  • Hands-on & Practical ability  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word Use of Email/Internet

Personal Qualities

The ideal candidate will have the confidence to deal with various individuals and groups. They will be reliable, analytical, focused, have a sharp mind and be strategic. They will have the ability to solve problems, use judgment and reasoning and will be able to respond to challenges.

An individual that works well under pressure meeting deadlines, collaborates and uses their initiative and innovativeness to approach each task no matter how small it is. Understands confidentiality requirements and deal with sensitive personal client situations effectively.

To be successful you will need to be resilient, organised and have excellent communication skills (written & verbal)

How to Apply

Please submit your cv and cover letter, to include answers to the following questions: What made you apply to work for CCEP? Why have you chosen to do an apprenticeship instead of other routes into law? What excites you about having a legal career?


The Process

We will review your application against the criteria above when considering your suitability for the role, only applications that clearly demonstrate with evidence that they meet the essential criteria will be short-listed. Following this, there will be a short telephone conversation, short video interview, and behavioral assessment. If you are successful following this you will be invited to a half day workshop and the final stage is an interview with our General council.

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