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Paralegals and trainee solicitors at Hopkin Murray Beskine


Our solicitors rely on the support of our paralegals, many of whom go on to complete training contracts with the firm. We provide a collaborative workplace where paralegals are well supported and supervised by experienced lawyers in our specialist family, public law and housing teams. Paralegals and trainee solicitors will have experience of a wide range of cases, including within our thriving legal aid practice.

Some recent comments from our trainee solicitors and paralegals:-

 

 

"On first joining HMB in January 2019 I provided support to the family department, working on a range of cases from private ancillary relief and domestic violence injunctions to international child abduction work. I am now gaining valuable experience in housing and public law, assisting on a wide range of cases at all levels from the County Court to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. There is a good balance at HMB with excellent supervision but plenty of responsibility. I think that any lawyer starting out in their career would enjoy the variety of work and the collaborative environment at HMB, and I am looking forward to progressing further”. (Molly Hood, paralegal, 2019)

 

 

"I joined HMB as a paralegal in July 2019 in the housing and public law department. In my first few months I have learnt a huge amount, and have been able to contribute to really interesting and rewarding work. This has included issuing judicial review proceedings in the High Court, assisting with possession and disrepair cases in the County Court, and helping with appeals in the Court of Appeal. The experience  of legal practice at HMB fits well alongside studying the Legal Practice Course part-time, and I look forward to progressing within the supportive learning environment at HMB and gaining even more legal knowledge and experience.” (Beatrice Patrick, paralegal, 2019)

 

 

"Within two weeks of joining Hopkin Murray Beskine in September 2019 as a paralegal in the family department, I had the opportunity to work on an international child abduction case. I have since assisted solicitors with their varied caseloads, involving child arrangements orders, financial remedy on divorce and obtaining non-molestation and prohibited steps orders in domestic abuse cases. I can’t imagine a better introduction to the world of civil family law. Everyone at the firm is friendly and supportive, providing a great atmosphere in which to work and learn, and I look forward to working even more closely with the teams here.” (Tim Colley, paralegal/administrative assistant, 2019)

 

 

"On starting at HMB in August 2016 in the housing and public law department I assisted on a variety of cases including possession, disrepair, homelessness and judicial review. I was immediately made to feel a part of the team, and the high level of responsibility I was given from the outset means I learnt a huge amount very quickly. The collaborative environment here at HMB is very enjoyable, and the work is really interesting but also of great importance to our clients, who are often vulnerable people in difficult situations. As a paralegal and then a trainee solicitor I had the opportunity to work on cases at all levels, from the County Court to the High Court and the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. During my training contract I had the opportunity to take on my own cases and develop my legal knowledge further before remaining in the housing and public law team as a newly qualified solicitor." (Rosie Gibbs, newly qualified solicitor, 2019)

 

 

“I joined HMB as a paralegal in September 2017. I have learnt a lot from and enjoy working with the experienced solicitors in the firm, who, along with the other paralegals and trainee solicitors, are very supportive. I am given a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to work independently across the departments’ varied caseload. I have lots of client contact and I’ve found it really satisfying to have the chance to see things through. For example, I took on a possession case from the outset under supervision through the different stages of litigation and attended the contested trial, where we were able to achieve an excellent result and save our client’s home. There is of course plenty of less glamorous work too, but this can also be satisfying to do well when you know that it will make a real difference at important stages of litigation, such as preparing judicial review bundles in high profile strategic challenges. I have interviewed and advised clients, clerked hearings, prepared witness statements, applications and other court documents, negotiated with landlords and local authorities, and drafted detailed representations in homelessness, possession and disrepair matters. I was very happy to start my training contract with the Housing & Public Law team and I later moved to the Family law department. This has been a great opportunity to gain experience in areas of law that I haven’t worked in before.” (Sam O’Flaherty, trainee solicitor, 2018)

 



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