Birketts’ Class of 2019


06 September 2019

Birketts’ class of 2019 pictured on the steps of the Princes Street office

Birketts, the premier East of England law firm, has announced the appointment of 18 new trainee solicitors shortly after declaring a record turnover of £54.9m - a 12% increase on last year and a new record for the firm. The trainees will take their seats across the firm’s Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich offices.

The September intake of trainees and their respective first departments at Birketts are: Macauley Alsford (Commercial Property), Harrison Barber (Commercial Property), Amber Coteman (Corporate Banking), Lauren Guiler (Corporate), Caragh Hargreaves (Commercial Property), William Hodges (Commercial Property), Jessica Kilkelly (Private Client Advisory), Hannah Meara (Private Client Advisory), Faye Milton (Agriculture), Ruben Ringelmann (Private Client Advisory), Jordan Scott (Corporate), James Twamley (Agriculture), Samuel Varney (Employment), Gemma Waldock (Public Sector), Elliot Tayler (Family), Raina Victor (Employment).

They are joined by Francesca Reason (Charities) and Shereen Semnani (Corporate) from Birketts’ spring intake of trainees.

Jonathan Agar, Chief Executive Officer for Birketts, said: “In a year of record growth for Birketts, we are delighted to welcome another group of talented trainees who will help to take the firm forward to further successes. Having been awarded  UK Regional Law Firm of the Year at the Lawyer Awards along with further nominations for our technical excellence and high quality legal service, this year's intake join the firm at a very exciting time, and we look forward to their contribution to our 2025 objectives and beyond.”

Shaun Savory, Human Resources Director at Birketts, added: “Our trainee recruitment programme is vital to the continued success of Birketts. Structured graduate recruitment allows us to develop talent from within, giving trainees the opportunity to apply their legal skills in real world scenarios whilst simultaneously finding the practice area that best suits their abilities. As trainees will occupy four different ‘seats’, each for six months, they will have plenty of opportunities to experience a broad range of exciting challenges from the very beginning of their contract.”

Birketts offers training contracts to law and non-law graduates from a variety of backgrounds. To find out more about the trainee application process, please visit the training contract page of our website.

Listed as a top ten firm for workplace inclusivity, Birketts has also been recognised on the Lex 100 guide as a 2018/19 Winner in six categories including: ‘job satisfaction’, ‘living up to expectations’, ‘work/life balance’, ‘vacation scheme’, ‘confidence you will be kept on’ and ‘approachability’.