27 Sep, 2012

Leeds-based law firm, Blacks Solicitors LLP, has recruited two new trainees and retained two newly qualified staff as part of its training contract scheme, which this year received over 400 applications.


Stephanie Round and Geoff Cunningham are the latest recruits to embark on a two-year training contract at the firm where they will gain invaluable experience working directly with clients in four key departments – Employment, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company and Family.


Stephanie, who studied Law at the University of Leeds and attended the Law School at BPP in Leeds, has been acting as a paralegal at the company since July 2010. Having demonstrated hard work and commitment, Stephanie will begin her training contract in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department, using the experience to decide which area of law she intends to focus her career on.


Studying Law at the University of Huddersfield and then going on to complete his Master of Law and Practice, Geoff Cunningham fought off stiff competition to become the second trainee to be appointed by Blacks. His first seat will be in the Family and Wills & Probate department where he will spend six months learning the ropes.


Due to the overwhelming interest in the firm’s training contract, Blacks has revealed plans to take on three trainees in its next recruitment drive in September 2014 – marking the first time in the company’s history that it has increased the number of its recruits.  


In addition to the new recruits and having completed their training contracts at the firm, former trainee’s Peter Bott and Aimee Hutchinson are now qualified solicitors. Pete, a former musician will work in the new Media, Music &Entertainment and Aimee will join the firm’s Leisure & Licensing team.


Speaking about the new team members, Chris Allen, managing partner said, “We’re delighted to welcome our two new and very bright trainees. We’ve got to know Stephanie over the last couple of years and we’re confident that she will excel in her training contract with us. Geoff also has a promising future ahead of him and we’re very pleased to welcome him to the firm. As a firm we strongly believe in investing in young talent which is why the decision to keep Peter and Aimee on as qualified solicitors was an easy choice for us.”

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