Yorkshire legal firm, Switalskis Solicitors, has started the year on a high with two new appointments of homegrown talent joining its clinical negligence and child abuse teams.
Burhan Akhtar and Nikki Przewoznik completed their training contracts at Switalskis Solicitors before being appointed as fully qualified solicitors in the firm’s Huddersfield office, starting this month.
Burhan Akhtar spent time in the family law and child abuse teams, followed by the clinical negligence team in Huddersfield, where he will now remain on a permanent basis. Nikki Przewoznik worked in clinical negligence also, moving recently to the child abuse team where she takes her role in Huddersfield.
Nikki joined from an estate agency background and was previously a regional property valuer. Having completed her law degree, Nikki used her work experience to join Switalskis in the conveyancing department in May 2016 and then went on to secure a training contract which started in January 2018.
Nikki Przewoznik said: “I get a great sense of satisfaction in achieving justice for clients who have previously been failed throughout their life and in giving the clients the opportunity to finally be acknowledged and heard. It’s an incredibly hard-working department, yet still maintains a friendly atmosphere and there is a strong team spirit amongst the team, which I particularly enjoy.”
Burhan Akhtar joined Switalskis in November 2014 having graduated in Law from Leeds Beckett University. He subsequently studied the Legal Practice Course, postgraduate degree part-time at University of Law whilst working at Switalskis. Prior to starting his training at Switalskis, Burhan worked in its employment and family law departments. Burhan’s seats were in family law, child abuse and clinical negligence into which he will be qualifying.
Burhan Akhtar said: “Joining the clinical negligence team as a trainee was a challenging, yet interesting, experience. I have enjoyed working alongside experienced lawyers to help progress claims and I also enjoy engaging with new potential clients with the possibility of helping them to investigate their claims. Intertwining the complexities of the medical and legal aspects of this area of law is rewarding as no two cases are ever the same.
“It’s an extremely rewarding area of law to work in to see the positive impact made to an individual and their family following a life changing incident.”
Ruth Coneron, Switalskis Solicitors director, said: “We are very pleased to have Burhan and Nikki on board as qualified lawyers, joining such highly regarded teams in their respective industries. Developing and attracting newly trained solicitors like Nikki and Burhan is a key objective for our firm in its succession planning.
“They have both shown outstanding determination and passion to succeed in the roles and are already making waves in their areas of law.”