HLF Berry Solicitors, has announced that its trainee solicitor Jamie Cahill has successfully completed his training contract to become a newly qualified solicitor.
Admitted to the roll of solicitors, Jamie qualified in April this year after completing his formal training contract with the firm. He will now continue to work alongside and to learn from experienced solicitors Paul Hannam, Robin Burman, and Paul Citron at HLF Berry’s Chorlton office.
“It’s not been an easy journey, but I couldn’t be happier,” says Jamie Cahill.
“All the hard work and long hours, studying whilst working for many years, have been more than worth it. I’ve been lucky to have had the amazing support of my partner and two young boys, as well as such supportive colleagues at HLF Berry.
“To say I’m proud is an understatement – I left school at 16 and went straight into work. It was only when my eldest son was born in 2013 that I decided to return to education and study for a law degree at the age of 23.
“I’ve come so far and am so happy to be a qualified solicitor now, working for a great local firm. I’m really looking forward to taking the next step in my legal career.”
Jamie started studying with the Open University in 2013, working alongside so he could gain valuable practical experience. In 2015, he started doing work experience at HLF Berry’s Failsworth office and from there he spent more and more time learning at the firm, splitting his time between the Failsworth and Chorlton offices.
He graduated in 2019 with a first-class law degree from the Open University and was offered a training contract with the firm, which then supported him through his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law in Manchester.
The covid pandemic meant the start of his formal training contract was delayed and he completed his LPC via long distance learning whilst on furlough, gaining a Masters in Law, Business and Management with distinction in 2020, before returning from furlough to HLF Berry’s Chorlton Office to expand his experience of many areas of law including property, private client work, commercial work and family matters.
HLF Berry Solicitor, Paul Hannam, comments: “We’re delighted that Jamie has qualified and are very proud to appoint him as a solicitor within our team at our Chorlton office.
“From the start, Jamie has been a pleasure to work with – he has made a big impression on our teams across the firm and on clients during the course of his training contract, and shown huge commitment to his chosen career in law and to our firm by studying whilst working throughout.
“Well done, Jamie! You have done so well and we have no doubt that you will continue to succeed and have a long and positive career ahead of you.”