Solicitor Opens Doors to Help Students Learn Ropes

by Catherine Smyth Media​

A FUTURE barrister and solicitor are getting on the job work experience at an expanding Bacup law firm.

Solicitor Ruth Winter was only too happy to offer the students the chance to learn the ropes because she remembered how difficult it was to get experience when she was studying.

Lindsay Ashworth, 20, from Haslingden, is in her second year of a law degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“My tutors are really pleased that I have been able to get experience this early in my studies,” she said.

“I have a year of my degree to finish and then I will go on to a one-year Legal Practitioners Course to become a qualified solicitor.”

Ruth opened Winter Solicitors on King Street, Bacup, last year covering all aspects of law and specialising in personal injury claims.

Lindsay is helping Ruth once a week researching cases and looking into wills.

Hannah Mitchell, 23, from Bacup, completed her law degree at Edgehill University in 2013 and is now training to be a barrister on a part-time two-year course.

She said: “I am in the office one day a month to get experience and even though I don’t want to be a solicitor, this is helping me to understand the industry.

“At first Ruth also wanted to be a barrister and she has been really helpful and is really down to earth.”

Hannah is also assisting with researching cases, going through barrister’s briefings and areas of law.

The students are joined by apprentice Lauren Wright, 22, from Crawshawbooth, who initially started a dental nurse apprenticeship but soon realised it was not for her.

“I am now an apprentice legal assistant,” said Lauren. “I am getting on the job training and I get visits from my tutor.

“I have always been a very organised person and like paperwork and filing so this is playing to my strengths. Once I have finished the Level 3 Business Administration I am considering a Legal Executive course.”

Ruth said: “I have been approached by many students who have wanted work experience from all over the North West but I wanted to be able to offer the chance to local people.

“We are getting busier and have lots of different cases to deal with so they will all get a wide range of experiences that can only help them to progress in their careers.”

Ruth is happy to call into schools to discuss with students the different ways into the legal profession. Contact Ruth on 01706 878141.

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