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Hughes Paddison celebrates 2021 qualifications

Hughes Paddison is pleased to announce the qualification of Amy McCormick as a Solicitor into the Corporate and Commercial team, Emma O’Brien as a Solicitor in the Family team and Jess Reynolds and Laura Allright as Chartered Legal Executives in the Residential Property team. Hughes Paddison has a strong track record of training Solicitors and Legal Executives and enabling them to establish long and successful careers at the firm.

Amy joined the firm as a trainee in October 2019 and carried out most of her training during the pandemic. Amy spent the last 12 months of her Period of Recognised Training working with Jon Rathbone, director and head of the Corporate and Commercial team, and was involved in providing a full range of commercial and corporate services to clients, including buying and selling businesses, corporate restructuring, buying and selling goods and services and reviewing a wide range of agreements. Amy enjoys interacting with clients and the varied work that comes with practising in both corporate and commercial law. She is looking forward to progressing her career with Hughes Paddison.

Jess Reynolds joined the firm in 2013 as an Administration Assistant then moved into the Residential Property team where she commenced her CILEX training. During her training Jess worked closely with the solicitors in the Residential Property team developing the skills required to deal with freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, new build properties, re-mortgages and transfers of equity. Due to the length of time that Jess has been with the firm she has developed a great relationship with clients which means that they often ask her to act for them time and time again.

Laura Allright also recently qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in the Residential Conveyancing Department. This she completed during the very busy Stamp Duty holiday 2021. With over ten years conveyancing experience, Laura joined Hughes Paddison, in 2016 as a secretary in the conveyancing department. Her expertise includes freehold and leasehold sales, re-mortgages and new build retirement purchases. Laura particularly likes helping clients who are moving house as she gets to help them start a new exciting chapter in their life, which she finds very rewarding.

Emma O’Brien also qualified as a Solicitor into the Family team in April 2021 having joined as a trainee in 2019. She completed seats in the Corporate and Commercial team and the Residential Property team before her last seat in the Family team in which she gained varied experience in children and matrimonial finance matters. Emma always thought that she would enjoy working in family law and her last seat confirmed this. She now assists director David Sterrett.

Jane Brothwood, managing director, commented

“We are thrilled to see Amy, Jess and Emma qualify and progress their careers with us. We see our training programme as a really important part of our recruitment and also ensuring that we are training up the star lawyers of the future. As a full-service law firm, we offer experience in the full range of private client and business services and on qualification we aim to find the team that fits best for the firm and lawyer. There are many ways to start your legal career and we have always supported both CILEX and Period of Recognised Training (formerly known as Training Contract) routes. We are also now exploring the new SQE qualification route which started in September.

I consider our staff as our work family and so I am always proud when we see our junior lawyers develop within their career. Our trainee from 2006, Jennifer Allen, is now a fellow director in the Family team and I hope we see many more trainees taking the business forwards in the future.”