Quartet of new trainee solicitors join Barcan+Kirby as it maintains staffing growth

October 3, 2022

Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby has strengthened its team with the appointment of four new trainee solicitors.

Grady Hali and Laura Brimson began their careers with the firm as paralegals before taking up trainee solicitor contracts. They have both started their seats in the firm’s family department.

Meanwhile, Courtenay Salway and Jessica Bradley are new to the firm. Courtenay has previous experience as a paralegal in child law and has now started her first seat in the private client department.

Jessica, who has experience working with a charity to provide practical and emotional support to litigants, has started her seat in clinical negligence.

The trainees will undertake four seats altogether and get to experience the firm’s array of legal services while moving between Barcan+Kirby’s six offices.

They will have the opportunity to shadow senior solicitors within a variety of specialisms, experiencing a varied client base in departments ranging from conveyancing and commercial services to contentious probate and family law.

They will also benefit from the Barcan+Kirby Training Academy. Launched in March, it provides an opportunity for budding lawyers and other trainees within the firm to share their experience, build relationships and receive training.

The training covers expansive industry-relevant skills such as business development, marketing, finance and compliance.

Barcan+Kirby managing partner Bill Willcocks said: “Congratulations to Courtenay, Grady, Jessica and Laura on their appointments as trainee solicitors.

“Not only will our training programme provide them with a strong foundation on which to build a career in the legal profession, but it is also an integral part of the firm’s success.

“Trainees are given an advanced level of responsibility from the onset and the opportunity to work directly with clients on complex casework. We look forward to supporting them in their development over the next two years.”

Barcan+Kirby was named Law Firm of the Year (under 20 partners) by Bristol Law Society in 2019 and won the Business Award for Gender at the Bristol Diversity Awards in the same year.

Pictured, from left: Courtenay Salway, Grady Hali, Laura Brimson and Jessica Bradley


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