Kieran Kelly has been taken on by the firm as a graduate trainee, joining five other graduates who started training with the law firm last year.
Kieran, who is from Morpeth, Northumberland, studied law at Northumbria University and graduated in 2010. He undertook the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Leeds in 2015 alongside his employment and completed the programme in July 2016.
Kieran previously worked as a paralegal at a North East-based firm and thereafter as a county court advocate throughout the North East and Cumbria. Five years’ experience in civil litigation has developed his legal knowledge in property, lender services, insolvency and personal injury.
During the course of Watson Burton’s two-year graduate programme, trainees will have the opportunity to work across the firm’s key practice areas, including: corporate and commercial; real estate; construction and engineering; professional indemnity insurance; employment; and commercial litigation.
The programme covers four six month rotations across Watson Burton’s national groups.
The Watson Burton graduate programme receives an extremely high number of applications year on year and offers graduates a high quality training experience, which includes mentoring by the senior staff.
In April 2016, Kieran participated in the spring vacation programme offered by Watson Burton, which allows those pursuing a career in law an insight into the profession and forms a pathway to a graduate traineeship. Watson Burton’s vacation programme has proved to be very successful, with applications increasing by 53% in 2017 compared to last year.
Kieran Kelly commented: “I am delighted to have been selected for the Watson Burton graduate programme. The firm’s strong commercial awareness alongside its engagement in various sectors and industries is particularly impressive.
“I initially undertook Watson Burton’s spring vacation programme in April 2016. This experience was invaluable and I found the enthusiasm of Watson Burton’s team very appealing. It provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the firm’s ethos with other trainees and develop my experience of practise in a commercial legal setting.
“When I applied for the graduate programme I was attracted to the level of responsibility you are given as a trainee: you are involved from the outset. Contributing to the progression of a case from its inception to conclusion is particularly rewarding. Law has always been my passion and my commitment to practise within a commercial environment has been realised.”
Richard Palmer, partner and head of Watson Burton’s Professions and Insurance Group, said: “At Watson Burton we place a great emphasis on attracting, recruiting and retaining talented legal professionals and we are delighted to welcome Kieran to Watson Burton. He has demonstrated an impressive drive, determination and passion for law, and we look forward to watching Kieran’s career flourish here.
“Many of our senior solicitor and partners started with Watson Burton as graduate trainees and have used the programme as a springboard to a highly successful legal career.”