Preston firms create group for junior lawyers

A support group for law students, trainees and young solicitors has been created by UCLan and a group of local law firms.

Preston Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) sees Harrison Drury, Vincents and Forbes solicitors forces with the university to provide mentoring support, networking opportunities, continuing professional development events and skills workshops.

Junior Lawyers Division operates as a division of the Law Society, which represents approximately 70,000 individuals across England and Wales. As well as benefits at group level, members have access to the society’s JLD online guidance, practice notes and professional FAQs, as well as helpful blogs and articles.

Charlotte Hurst, solicitor at Harrison Drury and vice president of JLD Preston said: “This is a great opportunity to really pull together and support our budding new lawyers facing the many challenges when starting out in their career."

Ummeya Zaka, legal intern at UCLan, and president of Preston JLD said: “Our aim is to help support young lawyers and enable them to develop professional relationships within our local legal community.

“If you’re a Legal Practice Course (LPC) student or graduate working as a paralegal, or a trainee solicitor, please come along and be part of our JLD group.

This is a great opportunity to really pull together and support our budding new lawyers

“Along with newly qualified solicitors we also welcome solicitors with up to five years’ post-qualified experience and law undergraduates, graduate diploma in law students and young barristers."

A launch event will take place on Wednesday December 4 at Harrison Drury’s Preston office in Winkley Square. The guest speaker at the event is Jane Anthony, executive dean of the faculty of culture and the creative industries, at the School of Law and Social Sciences, UCLan. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

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