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Another three trainees at Connect Yorkshire Partner Clarion, have been retained following their qualification.

On 1 September, Grace Parker qualified into the family team, Rana Akram moved into the employment team and Lucy Entwistle joined the real estate team.

Parker completed an LLM Legal Practice (LPC) at University of Central Lancashire after having undertaken a Graduate Diploma in Law at the university.

Akram gained an LLB (Hons) in Law, First Class, from University of Leeds before studying an LPC in Law at University of Law.

Finally, Entwistle undertook an LLB (Hons) in Law, at University of York before working as a paralegal at Clarion for a year prior to her training contract.

In September, Clarion also welcomed nine new trainee solicitors: Brandon Bradley (private wealth), Ross Boddy (employment), Laura Savio (intellectual property), Daniel Shaw (banking), Melissa Rycroft (corporate), Harry Beckett (business restructuring and insolvency), Jonathan Schneider (commercial dispute resolution), Becky Walters (banking), Amy Parry (construction), Brook Dempsey (commercial) and Abi Walker (contentious private client).

Martin Grange, partner, who heads the trainee programme at Clarion, said: “Despite the turbulence of the last year, our commitment to attracting new legal talent and supporting career progression remains undaunted.

“Fortunately, the Clarion team have been busy helping clients navigate through the current challenges and, indeed, finding new opportunities to build their businesses.

“With demand for our services growing in Yorkshire and beyond, it’s vital we continue to expand our team and a key part of this strategy is ensuring we have sufficient numbers of talented solicitors coming through the ranks to assist our clients during our growth.

“It’s great news not only that three excellent trainees have secured permanent NQ roles with the firm, but also that we have another nine young people becoming first year trainees and embarking on their legal careers with us.”


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