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From Trainee to Equity Partner: Jennifer Allen's Inspiring Journey at Hughes Paddison Solicitors

Joining Hughes Paddison Solicitors in 2006 marked the beginning of a transformative professional journey for Jennifer Allen. Enrolling in our Trainee Programme, Jennifer embraced the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead, supported by our experienced teams. Today, in December 2023, Jennifer stands as an Equity Partner, with more than 15 years of invaluable experience in Family Law Practice.

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The Trainee Years:

Jennifer's story unfolds in the training programme from 2006 to 2008. Encouraged and supported by our dedicated teams, she honed the critical skills needed to qualify as a solicitor. March 2008 saw her successful completion of the two-year Training Contract, propelling her into a fully qualified solicitor role within our esteemed Family Team and taking on a full case load upon qualification.

Rising Through the Ranks:

In a testament to her hard work and determination, Jennifer's journey continued with a promotion to Associate Solicitor in the Family Team just two short years later. By April 2013, her leadership qualities were recognised as she ascended to the role of Director of Family Law, taking charge of recruiting and overseeing trainees and managing the entire training contract process.

Equity Partnership:

Fast forward to the present, December 2023, and Jennifer's commitment to Family Law Practice has not wavered. With a global reach, she provides guidance and support to clients, solidifying her reputation as a stalwart in the field. Jennifer's remarkable journey culminated in an invitation to join as an Equity Partner, a testament to her enduring contributions to Hughes Paddison Solicitors.

The Hughes Paddison Training Experience:

Acknowledging the pivotal role of trainees in our success, we take pride in offering exciting, interesting, and challenging training experiences. Our established law firm in Cheltenham provides a rich array of legal services to clients and businesses, offering trainees the perfect environment to develop critical skills.

Training Routes:

At Hughes Paddison Solicitors, we recognise that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to training. We offer two distinct routes to qualification:

Training Contract:

1. Training contract

2. Paralegal with the potential to progress onto a Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship for the completion of the SQE

Each offers their own set of benefits and appeal to different styles of learning. To learn more visit our Training Contract Programme. 


Jennifer Allen's journey from trainee to Equity Partner exemplifies the possibilities within Hughes Paddison Solicitors. As we continue to value the importance of nurturing new talent, our commitment to providing exceptional training experiences remains unwavering. Join us on an exciting and rewarding path to becoming a qualified solicitor in a firm that values knowledge, experience, and growth.

Curious to learn more? Dive into the details on our Trainee page.

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