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Thrings ranked among best UK firms for training lawyers

Thrings has again been ranked highly in this year’s Legal 500 Future Lawyers guide making it one of the best firms in the UK for trainees.

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers is the student guide to the top UK law firms. It asks current trainees to rate their firm in 14 different categories with awards for those firms who score in the top 20.

Thrings achieved top 20 ranking in the UK in six categories sealing its reputation as one of the best firms in the country for trainee contracts.

  • Job Satisfaction
  • Quality of work
  • Work/Life balance
  • Social Life
  • Working from home
  • Approachability of supervisors

Fiona Kellow, Partner and Thrings Training Principle, said: “These results are fantastic. We are so proud to have achieved the highest ranking in these categories and maintain our consistent high ranking within the guide. We place huge importance on our training programme and our rounded experiences for our student lawyers and to be recognised by them is enormously rewarding.”

One trainee said in the survey: “Thrings’ excellent reputation and geographical coverage combined with its collaborative culture make it stand out in comparison to other law firms.

“Trainees are given more opportunity to be heavily involved in a matter, as opposed to working in the background and have responsibility for our own case load – essentially a real experience of being a solicitor.”

Other categories in the survey were; client contact, inclusiveness, salary, sustainability, vacation scheme, confidence at being kept on, legal technology and international secondments.

Thrings has offices in Romsey, London, Bristol, Bath, and Swindon, and recently added teams in the Wye Valley through a merger with Okells FrancisLaw.

Exemplary new solicitors appointed by Thrings following qualification

Thrings has appointed two outstanding newly qualified solicitors to its Corporate and Private Client teams following their progression through the firm’s trainee scheme.

Sam Longmore joins the Private Client team in the Bath office, having completed two of his three seats honing his knowledge around private wealth, succession and tax, with his third working as part of the Planning and Environment team.

Through his appointment, Sam will continue his work to support many of Thrings’ High Net Worth clients, administering complex estates, advising on tax planning, drafting wills and working with other teams across the firm, including Property and Agriculture, on matters arising from trusts and estates.

Meanwhile, Noah Ofulue becomes the newest qualified solicitor in the Corporate team, having completed two seats with the team as a trainee, as well as further seats within Real Estate and in Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring.

In his new role, Noah will continue to advise companies and individuals on a wide variety of corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity, reorganisations and general corporate governance for clients across a range of sectors.

Jonathan Payne, Senior Partner in the Corporate team, said: “Having Noah remain with us now he has qualified cements his status as an integral part of the team and we could not be more thrilled. During his time with us, he has gained a great deal of experience, supporting on a range of complex deals and has become well versed in providing sound legal advice for all manner of corporate transactions.”

Penelope Munro, Partner in the Private Client team, said: “Sam has been a remarkable addition to the team, balancing the diligence and efficiency required to effectively manage estates with the personability and compassion needed when dealing with clients at highly sensitive times. It is absolutely fantastic to see him join the team permanently following his qualification.”

Fiona Kellow, Partner and Thrings’ training principal, said: “Sam and Noah have been exemplary during their traineeship and I am delighted they are continuing with Thrings now they have qualified. It is always pleasing to retain young talent that we have worked hard to develop, and we look forward to seeing them continue to reach their potential.”

Alongside Sam and Noah’s qualification, Thrings has also appointed three new trainees - Bailey Wearden, Isobel Gentle and Darcy Lilley – who have already begun work with teams across the firm.

Thrings appoints six new Partners as part of record-setting round of promotions

Thrings has continued to strengthen its teams at all levels with a record number of promotions having been announced for lawyers across the firm.

Six new Partners have been appointed in the latest round of promotions, alongside ten new Senior Associates and six Associates, reflecting the firm’s plan for growth across its offices in the South and South West.

The firm’s Romsey office welcomes three new partners in Karen Perugini from the Succession and Tax team, Kate Barber from the Family team and Eve Laws from the Agriculture team.

Elsewhere, Natalie Ward from the Employment team in Bristol and both Anna Shrubsole and Sue Russell from the Private Property teams in Bath and Lydney respectively are all promoted to Partner.

Five Associates from the Bristol office have been promoted to Senior Associates, including Beth Paja and Hayley Brickell (Real Estate), Joe Watkins (Corporate), Richie Rees (Agriculture Litigation) and Lucy Hodgkins (Paragon Costs).

From the Romsey office, Josephine Taylor (Agriculture) and Holly Algar (Succession and Tax) are also promoted to Senior Associate, as are Rebecca Whiting (Real Estate), based in the Swindon office, and both Emma Page (Private Property) and Stephen Horton (Succession and Tax) from the Bath office.

The six newly appointed Associates are split between the Bristol and Swindon offices, with Bristol seeing promotions for Rebecca Stanton (Planning), Matt Cornforth (Corporate) and Ryan Small (Agriculture Litigation). In Swindon, promotions have been announced for Hannah Stretton (Family), Lorna Medcraft (Real Estate) and Conor Melvin (Corporate).

Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner, said: “Our goal to have the best talent to act for our clients very much starts with retaining and nurturing the outstanding individuals we have. I am delighted to see colleagues continuing to excel across the firm, a fact that has been reflected by our biggest round of promotions to date.

“This has been a fantastic past year for Thrings, and I want to congratulate the new Partners, Senior Associates and Associates on their appointments, the result of a lot of dedication and hard work, and I want to wish them every success going forward.”