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Trainee solicitors Aaron Clark, Taylor Anderson and Emily Bartlett and placement student Claire Rhodes.

New wave of young legal talent joins Steele Raymond


Leading Dorset solicitors Steele Raymond have welcomed a new wave of trainees solicitors and placement students to the firm as it continues to invest in the development of future talent.

Trainee solicitors Aaron Clark, Taylor Anderson and Emily Bartlett all join the firm to embark on their two-year training contract which consists of four six-month seats across a variety of legal areas.

Claire Rhodes also joins the firm as a legal assistant as part of a professional work placement programme with Bournemouth University.

University of Southampton graduate Aaron Clark embarks on his training contract following the completion of his LPC and Masters in Law, Business and Management (MSc) at the University of Law.

Aaron’s first seat will be within the highly respected Tax, Trusts, Will and Probate team at Steele Raymond where he will be gaining experience in probate and estate administration, Will drafting, Lasting Power of Attorney , trust management and the management of people’s affairs.

Bournemouth University graduate Taylor Anderson joins the firm following the completion of a Masters in Law (LLM), achieving a Distinction. Taylor joins the leading Commercial Property team and will be assisting on a range of matters including freehold and leasehold disposals and acquisitions, lease renewals, surrenders and lease assignments.

Emily Bartlett, who previously worked as a legal assistant within Steele Raymond’s Top Tier Commercial Property team, went on to receive a first class honours degree in Law from Bournemouth University. Emily has since spent a year at the Guildford University of Law campus where she completed her LPC and Masters before returning to the firm as trainee starting in the firm’s leading Family team.

Steele Raymond has also continued its commitment to providing practical work placement positions to support the close relationship it enjoys with Bournemouth University.

Bournemouth University student Claire Rhodes embarks on her placement year by joining the firm’s highly regarded Residential Development team.

Strong track record

Commercial Property Partner and Training Principal responsible for training contracts at Steele Raymond Jennifer Rogerson said:

“As a firm we have a proven track record of training outstanding legal professionals. The trainee solicitors and placement students that we are lucky to have join us are an incredibly valuable asset to any firm.  Each year we see such an impressive calibre of law students wishing to work for and develop their careers at Steele Raymond. I’m pleased that we continue to invest more and more resources in providing a leading trainee solicitor programme, particularly during such a turbulent time.”

Steele Raymond has a very strong track record of nurturing talent with four of the firm’s partners, Chairman Tim Stone, Emma Stainwright, Nick Davies and Craig Hardman all starting their careers as trainee solicitors at the firm.

The firm has been nominated for its training programme for three consecutive years at the prestigious LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards in London.

Trainee Assessment Day

Steele Raymond already has an impressive trainee solicitor programme showing unshakeable commitment to trainees during lockdown, running multiple physical and virtual initiatives throughout the year from providing careers talks to schools and colleges, attending careers fairs across the region and culminating in the firms ever-popular Trainee Assessment Day.

The Assessment Day at Steele Raymond, which due to the Covid-19 crisis was delivered virtually, has gone from strength to strength in recent years and gives the firm the opportunity to meet the region’s top law students from across the UK.

Interested in a career in law? If you are considering a career in law please visit our Trainee Recruitment Programme pages or contact Jennifer Rogerson on 01202 294566 or email [email protected].

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