Legal, Finance and Accounting

This section summarises the occupations that have been added and removed from the Legal, Finance and Accounting occupational map as a result of the consultation and responds to additional comments that were submitted.

Breakdown of respondents

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Summary of responses

Respondents proposed additional occupations for inclusion on the map, and after analysis, the following occupations have been added as standards awaiting development:

  • Corporate Treasurer (Level 4)
  • Tax Support Assistant (Level 2/3)
  • External Audit (L7)

The following occupations were proposed for inclusion; however, Institute and route panel analysis concluded that there is insufficient evidence at this time for these to be considered as occupations for the development of apprenticeship standards and/or they are likely to be covered in other standards:

  • Change Management
  • Corporate Development
  • Management Consulting

Respondents suggested that Conveyancing Technician (Level 4) should be broadened to address other specialities of law. This standard has already been approved for delivery. However, we will ensure the trailblazer is made aware of this feedback.

Further comments

Respondents commented that the name and description of the Legal Assistant cluster is too narrow, and suggested the title be changed to Paralegal and the description broadened. The Institute and route panel decided changing the name to Paralegal would be confusing, as it would share the name of an occupation within the cluster. However, the Panel revised the description to read ‘Under supervision, provide legal support; delivering advice, research and document drafting and/or processing files, providing administrative support and dealing with clients’.

Respondents asked for the description of the Legal Technician cluster to be widened to encompass other areas of law e.g. Family Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Company and Business Law.  This change has been made.

Respondents asked for the Legal Professional cluster to be re-named Lawyer, as this is the term used by industry.  The route panel agreed to re-name it Legal Professional/Lawyer, to reflect the terminology used by industry.

Respondents requested that the Accounting Pathway be re-named Accountancy.  This change has been made.