The Legal Services sector in Wales is substantial. There are 450 law firms registered in Wales, including top international law firm Eversheds Sutherland, operating around the world from its Cardiff office. The legal sector in Wales also has a rich network of smaller law firms. These include New-law and Capital Law, who are pioneering innovative new legal business models, as well as those specialising in emerging markets, such as CJCH Solicitors’ global intellectual property anti-piracy headquarters in Cardiff. This abundant legal expertise is combined with a ready skills pipeline with over 4,000 students studying law at Welsh universities alongside eight accredited CILEx centres. There are also legal services apprenticeships available, responding to the changing skill requirements needed by the legal sector.
The University of South Wales and Cardiff and Vale College are teaching digital competency alongside legal know-how.
The University of South Wales (USW) and Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) are the UK’s first academic institutions to become members of LTC4, an organisation setting the global standard for legal technology proficiency in industry standard real-life workflows. Leading law firms in the US, Canada and Europe including Allen & Overy, Linklaters and DLA Piper use LTC4’s legal technology core competencies to make sure they have the skills needed to remain competitive now and in the future. USW and CAVC will incorporate the competencies into the practical modules of their curricula, ensuring students have the crucial digital skills as well as the academic expertise relevant to the modern workplace.