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Taunton solicitors prepare graduates for a career in law


South West-based law firm Clarke Willmott has hosted a week-long vacation scheme for law graduates at its office in Taunton, Somerset.


The firm’s Commercial & Private Client Litigation partner, Esther Woodford, was joined by 13 university students for a structured week of work experience with Clarke Willmott, including one-to-one training and workshops to help them understand how a top 100 legal firm operates, said the company.


Each law student was able to spend time within a specific area of legal practice, including Clinical Negligence, Private Capital, Litigation, Employment Law, Family Law, Corporate and Property.


On the final day, the students gave a presentation to partners and staff at Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office.


Organiser of the scheme, Esther Woodford, said: 


“We have been very impressed by the calibre of candidates who applied for and participated in the scheme this year – and would encourage them all to consider applying to pursue their legal careers with Clarke Willmott as vacancies arise.


“We hope to run a similar scheme in 2019, with details and timing to follow towards the end of this year.”


The students selected to participate in this year’s course came from a range of universities, including Cardiff University, Birmingham University, Aston University in Birmingham, Oxford University, Bristol University, York University, Durham University and Exeter University.


Clarke Willmott Solicitors offer both private client services and legal services for business and has a wide range of legal departments, including specialist solicitors offering services in Immigration, Serious Injury, Health and Social Care, Defamation, Divorce and Family, Financial Services Litigation, Contractual Disputes and Chinese Legal Services.


The firm has seven offices nationwide, including offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Southampton.


Clarke Willmott’s legal services for business include agriculture and working with high-growth business and start-ups, including legal services for tech start-ups.


The firm also has legal specialists working with public bodies and charities, as well as private sector businesses, advising on a wide range of legal issues, including Restructuring and Insolvency, Anti-Counterfeiting, Franchising and Employment Law.



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