Trainee Legal Programme at Local Law Firm is a Huge Success

A training programme is a planned sequence and combination of activities designed to equip employees with knowledge and skills to become better professionals. Each training programme is aimed at achieving specific business goals. Depending on the purpose, there may be different types of training programmes.

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 law 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 law 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 law 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.”