Williamsons Solicitors puts its trust in youth as latest trainee qualifies

charlotte pritchard

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A newly qualified lawyer has joined Williamsons Solicitors following more than three years of training and legal support work at the firm.

Charlotte Pritchard qualified in February after progressing through the firm since joining as a legal clerk in 2010 and completing an 18-month training contract.

The University of Hull law graduate is now working in Williamsons’ wills and probate department as part of a seven-strong team of lawyers and professional support staff.

Williamsons, which has offices in Hull, Bridlington and Driffield, usually take on three trainees a year and many of the firm’s more senior solicitors started off on a training contract with the firm.

“Although I’ve worked in other departments as part of my training I’m totally committed to working in wills and probate,” she said. “I love being able to deal with people on a personal basis and to help them out in times of great sadness and difficulty.

“I do tend to have more affinity with the human issues side of law rather than corporate and business law, and it has a diversity of work which ties in with my experience on the matrimonial side of the firm.”

From day-to-day her workload includes drafting wills, administering powers of attorney, estates and court of protection matters.

“You can train as much as you like, but nothing prepares you for practice and having to think on your feet all the time,” said Ms Pritchard.

Until January 2013, Charlotte worked in the matrimonial department, including divorce, finances, child contact issues, changes of name and residence orders. 

Sarah Clubley, director at Williamsons Solicitors, said: “Charlotte has proved to be very tenacious and committed to law and it’s pleasing to see her progress from university and then through the ranks.

“Here at Williamsons, we do try to be as proactive as possible in taking on our trainees and not just train them and then not give them a job at the end, which can often happen.“

Originally from Sandbach in Cheshire, Ms Pritchard has remained in Hull after gaining her law degree in 2007 and then completing a Legal Practice Course at the College of Law York.

Ms Pritchard, whose work experience in Hull has also included a post-graduate year working in administration for a fish processor on Hessle Road, added: “I’m really pleased to be joining Williamsons full-time and have just bought a property in the centre of Hull – it’s a really exciting to be in the city with the sporting, cultural and business success we are now enjoying.”

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