Law firm retains 84% of its Autumn trainee intake

Andrew Cox

National law firm Weightmans has retained 84% of its trainees – including six in its North West offices – who commenced their training contract in 2018 as newly-qualified solicitors.

The solicitors will sit in a variety of departments across the firm, including real estate, healthcare and claims.

Andrew Cox is partner and as training principal manages the trainee programme at Weightmans. He said: “In these incredibly challenging times we are pleased to have welcomed such a high number of great newly-qualified lawyers to remain with us at Weightmans, and that our retention rate has remained steady and consistent with previous years.

“We are proud of our graduate development and training programme, and are excited by the future as we work on new opportunities for the recruitment and progression of the next generation of legal professionals.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our trainees on successfully completing their training contracts, particularly in what has been an unprecedented time for us all.

“We have no doubt that our new lawyers will make valuable contributions both to Weightmans and the wider industry and hope they enjoy long and successful careers with us.”

There is a total of 16 new solicitors in the new influx. Weightmans will also welcome 17 new trainee solicitors to the firm who will begin their training contracts this month.

Helen Taylor, Weightmans’ HR director, said: “We are delighted to not only have so many talented new solicitors remaining with us, but to also welcome a new intake of trainees who have already shown great enthusiasm and resilience in what has been an incredibly testing time.

“They will start with us on a virtual induction programme before moving into their first seats within the firm later in the year. We wish them all the best.”

The newly qualified solicitors in 2020 are: Sarah Irwin (Liverpool); Chloe Banks (Leeds); Megan Dale (Leicester); Jenny Young (Liverpool); Edward Peel (Leeds); Clemmie Edgeworth (Manchester); John Kemp (Liverpool); Jack Horlock (London); Ashley Powis (Birmingham); Emily Welsh (London); Leila Isajevaite (Manchester); Amir Ahmed (Birmingham); Becki Smith (Liverpool); Grace Millar (Birmingham); Bronagh Irvine (Newcastle); Luke Meredith (Newcastle).