North West law firm Harrison Drury has appointed four trainees as part of its latest intake of legal talent.
Olivia Bailey, Charlotte Hurst, Rachel Taylor and Alex Walmsley have been offered training contracts with the firm.
The firm has also offered permanent positions to newly-qualified solicitors Jacob Walker, Rebecca Patience and James Dickinson who were taken on as trainees in 2015 and have now completed their two years of training. Over the past three years, Harrison Drury has offered a total of 15 trainee contracts.
Harrison Drury has been recognised for two consecutive years as a Sunday Times Top 100 Small Business to work for, resulting in a record level of high calibre graduates applying for training contracts at the firm.
John Chesworth, executive chairman of Harrison Drury, said: “Our training programme is all about supporting the next generation of legal talent. We look for individuals who are not only promising legal graduates but also have the capacity to deliver outstanding service and add to the firm’s culture.
“Our qualifying trainees have set the bar exceptionally high, but I am sure Olivia, Charlotte, Rachel and Alex will do an outstanding job. They have a great team behind them and a great opportunity, I wish them all the best.”
All four of the latest recruits will gain experience in different areas of law by spending time with various teams within the firm. Under the supervision of directors and senior managers, the trainees will choose their area of practice when completing their training contract.
Olivia, who recently graduated with first-class honours from University of Manchester, will train initially with the residential conveyancing team in the firm’s Garstang office.
Charlotte, a graduate at University of Central Lancashire, joins the commercial property team in Preston.
Rachel, who also studied at University of Central Lancashire, will join the family team at Harrison Drury’s Kendal office.
Alex, who has worked as a paralegal at Harrison Drury since 2016, will train initially with the property litigation team in Preston.
The newly-qualified solicitors will all be based in Preston. Jacob will join the commercial litigation team, Rebecca will remain in the family team and James will move to corporate.