Warner Goodman LLP launched its WG Academy Programme on March 6, providing a career and personal development platform for its employees.

The initiative consolidates former sponsorship and training schemes, which since 2010, have seen 71 staff members advance to become Associates and Partners.

Speaking at the official launch, Partner Dan Thompson, HR manager Alice Browne, and Managing Partner Andy Munden said the 11-month programme development phase was intense but designed to provide a streamlined platform for employees to excel in their roles.

The trio toured Warner Goodman's five Hampshire-based offices to introduce the WG Academy, provide welcome packs and personally offer best wishes for success.

Partner Dan Thompson said: "We have invested extensively in research, planning, and resource development for the WG Academy Programme, and we're delighted to finally offer this exciting new opportunity to our staff.

"The firm is committed to fostering and developing emerging talent across all practice areas. The WG Academy serves as a valuable platform for supporting our exceptional team members and expanding their learning opportunities.

"With various new job development programmes and qualification pathways now available, the WG Academy empowers our staff to seize these opportunities and thrive in their chosen fields.

"It consolidates the firm's existing sponsorship and training initiatives, fostering a stronger sense of community and identity among members while providing a nurturing environment for knowledge sharing and peer support.

"Promoting internal talent has been a cornerstone of our success. Our training and support cultivate exceptional lawyers equipped with the skills and motivation we value. This approach ensures a higher calibre of professionals who embody the essence of a 'Warner Goodman person'."

Andy Munden, Managing Partner, said: "The WG Academy results from all the work we've been doing over the last few years in sponsoring staff members and helping them develop personally and professionally into their roles.

"The WG Academy provides an updated, coherent, and centralised platform to achieve that, particularly by taking advantage of modern methods to qualify as a Solicitor, Legal Executive, or Licenced Conveyancer. Additionally, it offers opportunities for non-legal professional development in areas like Accounts, HR, Marketing, and IT, ensuring a well-rounded workforce.

"With the firm's support, someone starting in a junior role can earn their qualifications, advance professionally, and reach the pinnacle of success within our organisation."