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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:-

 

"From joining HMB in 2015 I was able to develop my interest in family law, first as a paralegal and then as a trainee solicitor. I 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 was able to provide advice at Hearthstone, a domestic violence and support centre, and to conduct advocacy on my own cases. I 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. Having now completed my training contract I am now very pleased to be remaining in the family team as a qualified solicitor” (Avneet Panesar, newly-qualified 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 learnt a huge amount very quickly. I really enjoy and benefit from the collaborative environment here at HMB and the work is really interesting but also of great importance to our clients, who are often vulnerable people in difficult situations. I have had the opportunity to work on cases at all levels, from the County Court to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. I love the variety of work here, and since starting my training contract last year I have had the opportunity to take on my own cases and develop my legal knowledge further. I look forward to qualifying early next year.” (Rosie Gibbs, trainee solicitor, 2018)

 

“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)

 

“I joined HMB as a paralegal in September 2018 in the housing and public law department. In my short time here I already feel part of the team and have learnt a huge amount.  From the outset I have been able to contribute to work which is both interesting and rewarding. This has included issuing judicial review proceedings in the High Court; assisting with possession cases and injunctions in the County Court, and helping with appeals in the Court of Appeal. There is a great balance at HMB with excellent supervision but plenty of responsibility. I look forward to progressing at HMB and gaining even more legal knowledge and experience.” (Alexandra Goldenberg, paralegal, 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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