A West Midlands law firm has helped 10 trainees to qualify as solicitors.
Talbots Law cast aside the pressures of the pandemic to support its trainee solicitors through their training contracts and will now be using their expertise to assist a growing client base across the Black Country, Birmingham and Worcestershire.
Chris Jones, Laura Underhill, Sharan Kaur, Jade Hinton and Jodie Wilding all qualified in the residential property department, whilst Ajay Sharma and Amy Marsh will be specialising in the new build residential property arena.
They were joined by Sam Oakley (childcare), Katie Jones (dispute resolution) and Rebecca Pickering (commercial property).
The investment in bringing new talent through the ranks comes at the right time for Talbots, after it predicted a 20 per cent increase in fees over the next 12 months.
Rachel Pardoe, director of human resources, said: “We’ve scored a perfect 10 with our latest trainees, with all of them who started the training contract successfully passing – despite Covid-19 striking in the middle of their learning.
“This is great news for the long-term expansion of our business and a real testament to the commitment, passion and knowledge of our new solicitors, who have mixed one-to-one support with remote learning, socially distanced meetings and their professional skills courses.”
She added: “We are extremely passionate about developing our own talent and ensuring the training is tailored to suit the interests and skills of each potential solicitor, giving them access to experienced colleagues and directors who they can learn from.
“On application, every trainee will choose a specialism they are passionate about and, during the training contract, will also receive their professional skills training in client care, finance and general business practice.”
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Talbots, which employs 265 people across its six offices – in Codsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourbridge and Wolverhampton – recently celebrated maintaining its two-star rating in the Best Companies to Work for Awards.
The firm was recognised as outstanding for employee engagement and its agile approach to personal development, while its competitive salary above the industry average has seen it ranked in the Top 20 law firms and Top 100 employers in the Midlands listings.