Law fim highlights career optons - with an eye-watering £80k saving spelled out!

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Mar 2019

National Careers Week and an award-winning employee are being used to help attract young talent into the legal sector by Grimsby-headquartered Wilkin Chapman.

A roadshow of presentations launches, as one of the firm’s many ‘home grown’ lawyers – who did not enter the profession via the traditional full-time university route – celebrates an accolade for his recent legal studies, while saving himself up to £80,000.

James Kinnaird has been named as ‘best student’ on the Commercial Litigation Elective for his recent Legal Practice Course, meaning he received the highest mark in that study area out of all full and part-time students at De Montfort University, Leicester.

His success will be used as an example of entry method at a spring season of careers presentations being staged by the region’s leading law firm, as it participates in events across the patch.

James is now a fully-qualified solicitor – marking the end of a decade of part-time study while working with Wilkin Chapman, moving up the career ladder each time a relevant course was passed.

And, while such a study period may sound a long time, Immingham-born James said it was the right career path for him, and one that others should certainly consider as you are ‘earning while you learn’, not racking up large debts, and are also supported by the firm.

“I will not deny, it is hard work,” said James. “For example, during my two-year Legal Practice Course I was travelling to Leicester one weekend a month, which is time consuming on top of the study and work. You do go home, and then open the books in the evening. But when you consider how the university route to qualify as a solicitor can cost as much as £80,000, young people should certainly look at all their available options,” he added.

James is a former pupil of The Immingham School, now the Oasis Academy, and did not go to university after his A-levels. Instead he had spells working in house removals and at shipping giant DFDS before joining Wilkin Chapman as a trainee legal executive.

“The route through university and onto obtaining a training contract can be so competitive and I really wanted to start working for a firm while studying. Now I have qualified with such a wealth of experience behind me,” added James, who specialises in commercial dispute resolution at the firm’s Grimsby office.

He follows the examples of senior colleagues Chris Grocock, a former Grimsby Town footballer who turned to law and now leads the nationally-active debt department, and Josh Briggs, who also recently made partner.

In Grimsby Wilkin Chapman is attending the Franklin College Careers Fair on Thursday, March 7.

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