Birchall Blackburn Law recruits trio of trainees

A leading Lancashire law firm has announced the appointment of three trainee solicitors as part of its recruitment drive for new legal talent.

Carrie Bright, 24, and Jayne Hindle, 22, from Preston along with 22-year old Katherine Mercer, from Merseyside, have been recruited by Birchall Blackburn Law.

Carrie joins the clinical negligence department, University of Nottingham graduate Jayne will be focusing on regulation and compliance, while Katherine is helping to assist in elderly client services, probate and estate administration.

The trio of trainees will gain experience across Birchall Blackburn Law’s full range of departments during their two-year training contracts. Each of them will spend six months training in four different areas allowing them to develop a range of legal skills before qualifying.

Law graduates Carrie, Jayne and Katherine have all completed their legal practice course ahead of starting their training contracts with the firm. Carrie who attended the University of Liverpool and Katherine, a Lancaster University graduate, have both been given the opportunity to develop their skills by working as paralegals before commencing their training contracts.

The appointments come after recent news that a high-profile legal service provider has abandoned its aim to offer one hundred training contracts annually.

Christine Harris, partner at Birchall Blackburn Law, said: “Training contracts available to graduates have fallen by more than ten per cent nationally, the lowest rate since 1998, with many legal firms taking the decision to reduce training contracts. Birchall Blackburn Law is bucking the trend by continuing to invest in trainees.

“Many members of the team at Birchall Blackburn Law started their careers as trainees at the firm and I’m sure Carrie, Katherine and Jayne will enjoy bright futures in the legal profession.” Birchall Blackburn Law recently announced it is to create 50 new jobs across its nine offices in Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside over the next two years