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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:-


"Since coming to HMB in 2015 I have been able to develop my interest in family law. I have had the opportunity to work on a range of cases, from care proceedings to private ancillary relief and from domestic violence injunctions to international child abduction work. I have been able to provide advice at Hearthstone, a domestic violence and support centre, and to conduct advocacy on my own cases. I have also gained valuable experience in housing and public law. I think that any lawyer starting out in their career would enjoy the variety of work and the collaborative environment at HMB. I will be completing my training contract at HMB soon and I am looking forward to remaining in the family team as a newly-qualified solicitor” (Avneet Panesar, trainee solicitor, 2018)


"Since starting at HMB in August 2016 in the housing and public law department I have 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 have 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. I have loved my first few months here and very much look forward to taking on my own case load and developing my legal knowledge as I progress. I am pleased to now be starting my training contract ” (Rosie Gibbs, trainee solicitor, 2017)


“I joined HMB as a paralegal in September 2017. I have learnt a lot from and enjoy working with the experienced solicitors in the housing and public law department, who, along with the other paralegals and trainee solicitors, are very supportive. I am given a lot of responsibility and am able to work independently across the team’s 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. There is always a lot to do and every day is different. 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 HMB.” (Sam O’Flaherty, trainee solicitor, 2018)


"Since joining HMB in January 2017 I have worked with the housing, family and public law teams. I have been able to work on a variety of very interesting cases, including complex care cases and international abductions as well as on a case challenging the Government’s benefit cap policy. I have also been able to volunteer on a regular basis with a domestic violence support and advice centre. As an aspiring barrister due to start pupillage shortly, I have found working with HMB hugely beneficial. I was given a lot of responsibility straight away and was able to meet with clients, draft legal documents and attend court from my first week here. I’ve therefore been able to greatly progress my legal knowledge and skills and have been able to do so in a very friendly and supportive environment." (Liz Andrews, paralegal, 2017)





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