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(L-R) Rebecca Crosier, Rebecca Grainger, Michael Johnson, Christina Severn and Charlotte Dalby are all now employed full time at Pinkney Grunwells having completed apprenticeships or the solicitor trainee programme.

Trainee Programme at local law firm is a success


Local firm Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers are celebrating the success of their trainee programme as another of their trainees has achieved full qualification as a solicitor.

Michael Johnson grew up in Scarborough, attending St Augustine’s School followed by Scarborough Sixth Form College. He joined Pinkney Grunwells on a training contract in 2017 having first completed a Law and Politics degree at the University of Manchester and a Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Michael, who during his training contract gained experience in property, family and private client law, will be staying on at the firm to become a full time member of the private client team in Scarborough, advising clients on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate and estates.

The firm has a long history of taking on trainees and the trainee programme has grown and developed over time. With a minimum of two trainee solicitors retained at a time, new placements are recruited for annually, usually last two years and provide trainees with the chance to train across at least three areas of law. The firm has developed links with local education and training providers, regularly attending careers talks and events and providing work experience placements. Opportunities are also regularly available to local young people seeking to complete apprenticeships in business administration, finance or legal services.

Teresa Bennion, Managing Partner at Pinkney Grunwells, said that recruiting talented professionals can be challenging for local businesses and for law firms in particular.

Teresa said, “We acknowledge that staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to growing local talent through our trainee programme. We provide trainees with an environment in which they can develop the skillset needed as practising solicitors. In a location where it can be difficult to attract qualified staff, we are proud that many have stayed on to further their career with us after they have qualified.   

As a business, we recognise that investment in training and development means that in the long-term, we retain staff and provide a better service to our clients as we are able to respond more easily to demands for particular service areas as they arise.”

Michael Johnson is pleased that the training programme has given him the opportunity to have the career he wants without having to move away.

“I was attracted to the trainee programme at Pinkney Grunwells as it is the largest firm on the Yorkshire Coast and the Partners are proactive. Training at a high street firm has given me the opportunity to train across a varied caseload, assisting my local community with the legal aspects of life events from buying a house to making a Will or helping with difficult areas such as divorce.

I had a particular interest in private client law due to the varied nature of the work and I am really looking forward to working with clients both old and new at our Scarborough and Driffield offices.”

Vacancies for trainee solicitor contracts and other trainee opportunities are advertised when available on the firm’s website at www.pinkneygrunwells.co.uk, in local press and online via social media and local jobs websites.