30 October 2014

Wilkin Chapman wins national recognition for training programme

Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, has won national recognition for its commitment to staff training and development. The solicitors’ practice has won three awards and been voted as one of the top 100 UK law firms to work by the Lex 100 – the student guide to the UK’s premier law firms 2014/15

Wilkin Chapman has won three Lex 100 awards, which include being ranked with the top 10 UK law firms for ‘work/life balance’ and ‘friendliness’, and being within the top 15 law firms for ‘confident of being kept on’.

The Lex 100 awards are based on an annual survey of law firm trainees across the UK, and cover categories ranging from ‘confident you’ll be kept on’ to ‘firm living up to expectations’. The awards pride themselves on providing an honest and in-depth review of what it’s like to work at some of the UK’s top law firms.

Trainees who have recently qualified to become solicitors include: Adam Ottley, Amy Smith and Helena Buckle, along with Joshua Briggs who started as a trainee legal executive in 2004.

Adam Ottley works alongside partner, Piet van Gelder, in the firm's specialist construction and engineering department, and splits his time between the Grimsby and Lincoln offices. Adam deals with a range of projects from construction of large commercial and residential units to complex process engineering installations, in the nuclear, rail, water treatment and waste treatment industries amongst others.

Amy Smith works in the Lincoln office in the agriculture team, alongside partner, Catherine Harris, and deals with a wide range of agricultural matters. Also in the Lincoln office, Helena Buckle works alongside partner, Lisa-Jane Howes, in the wills, probate, tax and trusts department. She deals with a range of private client matters including wills, trusts, Powers of Attorney, probate, property matters and the administration of estates.

In addition to the three newly qualified solicitors, another member of the firm, Josh Briggs, not only qualified as a solicitor but was also appointed to the role of senior solicitor. Josh’s route to becoming a solicitor started when he joined the firm as a trainee legal executive in 2004. He worked hard and also studied, first qualifying as a legal executive, and then going on to take the Legal Practice Certificate (in which he gained a distinction) to qualify as a solicitor. During his training, Josh has built an extensive case load and developed his expertise in litigation which led to his appointment as senior solicitor.

Chief executive, Julia Whittaker said: “We heartily congratulate our newly qualified solicitors after the successful completion of their training contracts. Their qualifications are a real testament to their hard work and commitment since joining us in 2012.

"They have all worked exceptionally hard and their collective knowledge and experience will be an asset to the firm as qualified solicitors.”


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