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Period Of Recognised Training For Trainee Solicitors - Training Contracts

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Neil Taylor - Partner Responsible For Periods Of Recognised Training

"We are very pleased to announce that our two vacancies for 2016 have now been filled.  If you would like to apply for 2017 please follow the process detailed at the end of this section."

What we offer:

The number of vacancies Tilly Bailey & Irvine has on offer from one year to the next may vary.  Although our latest trainees have been existing employees working in paralegal type roles this is not a deliberate policy and external applications will always be very welcome. We are interested in hearing from potential trainees who have qualities which could help contribute towards our continued growth.

Trainees at Tilly Bailey & Irvine benefit from having a wide variety of legal areas to gain experience in and all attempts to seat trainees in the areas in which they have an interest are made.  In addition, we are a highly reputable Law Firm with decades of experience and trainees benefit from our professionalism, knowledge and expertise.

Trainees may also be given the opportunity to play an active role in marketing and business development for the firm.

What Is Expected From Our Trainees?

Since Tilly Bailey & Irvine is committed to training and developing its employees for the long term, a strong commitment to the Tees Valley and a desire to develop a career with our firm is important to us.

Trainees are expected to work well in a team as well as being able to manage their own files from an early stage. Teams are partner-led and typically include a partner, associates and/or solicitors meaning that trainees will never be left without adequate supervision and guidance.

Meet Our Current Trainees:

SherReene Cheah has worked for us since December 2010.  SherReene started working as a Legal Secretary within the Personal Injury Department in December 2010, became a Paralegal with her own caseload in April 2014 and commenced her Period of Recognised Training in 2015.

Amended note: SherReene has been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors as of September 2016. Everyone is very proud of her accomplishment and we are pleased that the partners recognised her talents and were able to support her progression.

“Working in Tilly Bailey & Irvine was the first ‘real’ job for me since my move to the UK so you can just imagine how intimidated I felt on my first day.  Having said that, the welcoming and friendly environment from the start of my first day washed all my worries away and before the end of the day I was looking forward to returning the next day and was hungry for more.
Subsequently, I was promoted to a Paralegal in 2014 and I was grateful for the opportunity, however the thought of moving on to a new role, with my own caseload, taking on new challenges and ultimately being responsible for your clients was daunting.  Needless to say this ‘thought’ did not last long.  Help was never far away.  One thing that you must remember is when in doubt, ask!! No question is a silly question. 
When I was offered a training contract, I was over the moon.  As a trainee, I have been given a variety of tasks, from the “oh so simple” research (not!) to drafting petitions and supporting documents  as well as attending a court hearing on a 3 day trial”


Laura Zielinski joined us as a Legal Secretary/Paralegal Assistant in the Criminal Department in June 2013, she was promoted to Criminal Case Worker in April 2015 and successfully obtained LPC funding and a Period of Recognised Training in September 2015.


“I am very privileged to be able to progress my legal career as such opportunities are very far and few between.  As a trainee at Tilly Bailey & Irvine I’m given invaluable experience and acquired responsibility from day one with the right amount of support and guidance. It’s great to feel valued and to be an important member of the team.

Michael Stevens also joined as a Legal Secretary/Paralegal Assistant in the Medical Negligence Department in September 2014.  In November 2014 he was promoted to Paralegal in the Commercial Property Department before successfully obtaining LPC funding and a Period of Recognised Training in September 2015.

“Being a Trainee has been both a very challenging yet very rewarding experience so far.  I have been given a lot of responsibility and many opportunities to prove myself but due to the close guidance from the partners and solicitors I have never felt out of my depth.
Although I started at the firm as a Legal Secretary/ Paralegal Assistant I was able to progress very quickly and while many students want to go straight from studying to being a Trainee, I would certainly recommend looking for Paralegal work when coming out of University.  Working as a Paralegal gives you the opportunity to find out what area of law you may want to go into and a chance to prove to the firm that you are ready to be a Trainee.”

Successful Applicants For 2016:

Ellie Gilbert joined us in September 2013 and currently works as a Paralegal in the Commercial Disputes Department.  Her role includes assisting other Fee Earners in the team in matters of professional negligence, property litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, contentious probate and insolvency. Ellie also deals with the incoming debt recovery matters and issuing proceedings and enforcement of debts.

“I am thrilled to have gained a Training Contract with Tilly Bailey & Irvine and I look forward to developing to the next stage of my legal career with the firm.  Having worked for the firm since 2013, I am aware of the high quality of work undertaken by an excellent team of professionals. I feel privileged that I have been successful in this process and look forward to the quality and variety of my training experience.”

Rhiannon Morgan has worked for us since June 2014.  Her current role as a Paralegal in the Residential Conveyancing department entails acting for both sellers and purchasers in residential conveyancing matters, largely in relation to new build properties. 



“I am very excited to begin my training contract with Tilly Bailey & Irvine in 2016. I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge since joining the firm in 2014 and I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to complete my training contract here.”

Application Process For 2018

All applications must be made on-line. Please send a CV and covering letter to by 1st February, 2018.

We will review all applications and keep them on file for consideration before selecting our trainees for the next vacancies.