Yorkshire Law firm, Chadwick Lawrence, has appointed four new trainee solicitors.

Several employees applied for training contracts with the firm earlier this year as part of the annual Fee-earner Progression Scheme. And three have been awarded the contracts and promoted to Trainee Solicitor from 1 April 2023.

Abigail Capstick within the Commercial Property Department, Adam McKie, Company Commercial Department, and Jake Bedford in the Employment Department. Brook Little, currently in the Dispute & Resolutions Team, has been offered a training contract to start on 1 April 2024.

The contracts will see the trainee solicitors undertake a number of ‘seats’. Typically, six-month stints across three/four different departments within the firm so they can experience each department and, at the end of their contract, determine which area of law they want to specialise in.

Abigail joined the firm in October 2021 as a Paralegal in the Commercial Property Department based in Wakefield. “I’m over the moon to get a training contract and cannot wait to get started,” says Abigail. “I’m looking forward to having more responsibility, trying different areas of law, and building my own personal brand as a trainee solicitor. Longer-term I want to become an Associate and then Partner.”

Adam McKie has been with the firm’s Leeds office since July 2021, working as a Corporate and Commercial Paralegal. He says: “Obtaining a training contract at Chadwick Lawrence has been a long-time goal so I’m ecstatic to have one! It’s a great feeling to know that all the hard work has paid off! I’m looking forward to exploring new areas of law and helping with new legal challenges. There are lots of people who’ve been in the position I am in now and have worked their way up and gone on to be very successful, I hope that I can do the same.”

Jake Bedford started his career at the firm in August 2021 as an Employment Paralegal working from Leeds and Wakefield. “I’ve been working in the legal sector for four years so it’s rewarding to see all my hard work pay off.

“When I start my training contract, I’ll move departments and be exposed to different areas of law. My training will involve setting goals and objectives to develop the skills required to practice as a Solicitor, including file management, costing work, and developing commercial relationship with clients. I’m excited to take the next steps on my journey to qualification.”

Brook Little, currently in the Dispute & Resolutions Team, has been offered a training contract to start on 1 April 2024. She joined Chadwick Lawrence in June 2022, as a trainee Paralegal in the Leeds office and is now doing her LPC LLM part-time. Brook applied for a training contract because she wanted to take the next step towards qualification with the firm. She says: “Chadwick Lawrence provides great opportunities for people, so I’m excited for 2024. And I’m hoping to get the skills and experience to facilitate a successful career in law.”

Managing Partner Neil Wilson says: “Congratulations to Abigail, Adam, Jake, and Brook on their promotions. We wish them all the best in the next part of their training and qualification as Solicitors at Chadwick Lawrence.”