Premier regional law firm Foot Anstey has continued its investment in developing lawyers of the future by appointing six new trainee solicitors.
Alice Lacey, Laura Smith, Stephanie White, Ben Neville, Kate Gudgeon and Andrew Carter commence a two year training contract with the firm which sees them work in at least four areas of the law with leading Foot Anstey lawyers. In addition to their legal training, the new trainees will also play a key role in the firm's CSR strategy by driving activity across the firm's five offices in the South West. In previous years, Foot Anstey trainees have raised tens of thousands of pounds for The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, Age UK, ShelterBox and Children's Hospice South West.
Meanwhile, Claire Williams, Mark Searle, Kate Elliot and Laura Scantlebury have joined the firm's Chambers Tier 1 ranked Commercial, Employment and Dispute Resolution teams respectively, after impressing during their training contracts. Their appointments make an 80% retention rate for trainees which rank Foot Anstey amongst the highest of the UK Top 100 law firms. One trainee chose not to accept Foot Anstey's offer.
Managing Partner, John Westwell explains: "Continuous talent development is central to our strategy of providing our clients with specialist lawyers who participate rather than just commentate on issues. We look forward to developing both our new trainees and newly qualified solicitors into tomorrow's leaders in their fields."