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Law firm’s juniors guide the next generation

Two of hlw Keeble Hawson’s junior employees have returned to Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to guide the next generation of legal minds as part of the firm’s ongoing drive to develop and mentor future talent.

Jonathan Gott, a trainee solicitor and Amelia Goodair, a paralegal and future trainee solicitor, took questions from the undergraduates at the ‘Working in Business Law’ event, organised by the university’s careers department. Here, they inspired current students with advice and tips on how to succeed in law and an insight into their working lives.

Jonathan said: “Whatever their field, undergraduates can always benefit from hearing from those who have been out in the real world for a few years. Amelia and I leapt at the opportunity to tell them about life in a leading legal practice.”

A panel of four speakers took part in the presentation – all SHU law graduates within the last ten years. Future talks on working in personal legal services and criminal law are planned.

hlw Keeble Hawson trainee partner, Giles Searby, said: “We are a proud supporter of the communities we operate in and, particularly, the schools and universities from which we recruit fantastic professionals.

“Jonathan and Amelia are exemplars of this talent pipeline and we were very keen to demonstrate to up and coming legal brains how they can carve out very successful, fulfilling careers.”

hlw Keeble Hawson is one of Yorkshire’s largest law firms with offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster. Recently, it celebrated the qualification of its latest tranche of trainee solicitors.

Senior lecturer and careers tutor for SHU law students, Gillian Pastuch, said:  “We are delighted to see former students, Jonathan and Amelia, doing so well in their legal careers at hlw Keeble Hawson.

“It is fantastic to be able to invite them back to inspire the next generation of SHU lawyers and we are very grateful to them for their time and enthusiasm in helping with the event.”


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