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September 30, 2020

St James’ Square Law Firm has launched a new graduate recruitment scheme as part of its strategic plan for long-term growth

Commercial law firm St James’ Square has announced the launch of its first-ever graduate recruitment scheme.

Beginning this month, the two-year training programme offers talented graduates the opportunity to obtain necessary work experience, which is vital to continue their journey in becoming fully qualified solicitors. Staff at the firm were thrilled to receive huge interest in the scheme, which is not surprising given that the successful graduates will receive one-to-one mentoring and guidance from some of the North East’s top lawyers.

The training programme will see two graduates each year join the firm and form part of its strategic plan for long-term growth. The graduates will rotate between different legal teams, giving them valuable experience and knowledge in a wide range of commercial legal areas. Upon successful completion of the scheme, each graduate will join one of the departments on a permanent basis.

Mark Roche, practice manager, says: “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer more new opportunities at St James’ Square. The graduate scheme is a win-win for everyone involved. Not only does it give graduates a fantastic opportunity to continue their legal training, but it also allows us to attract new talent into the business which in turn helps us grow and meet the demands of our clients.”

The firm has a history of investing heavily in its staff and the graduate recruitment scheme is welcome news for graduates and businesses in general.

St James’ Square was established three years ago and, given its significant investment in technology and forward-thinking working practices, it has been able to respond to the demands and challenges of this year.

During the lockdown period, two of its departments – corporate and commercial services, and employment and HR – experienced significant and unexpected demand from clients and had to recruit new staff to meet the needs of those growing areas.

Another department, sports services, was also kept extremely busy with the completion of a major contract. The team, which deals with the legal aspects of football transfers, recently assisted its sister company, St James’ Square Sports Management, in the transfer of the Greek national goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens to Celtic FC.

Charity is very important to the whole team at St James’ Square and this year has made it difficult to provide the usual level of support to their chosen charity of the year. Partner Andrew Carser explains “In 2019 we were able to raise over £40,000 for Heel and Toe, a North East-based charity which helps disabled children and their families. However due to COVID-19, we have been unable to undertake many of our planned fundraising events. As a result, we have decided to extend our partnership with The Chronicle Sunshine Fund until the end of 2021. The work they do with children in our region is outstanding and we are delighted to continue supporting them.

St James’ Square has expanded rapidly since initially operating from one room at Hoults Yard. The firm now employs over 30 staff, occupies 7000 sq ft of Grade A premises at Esh Plaza and has a turnover exceeding £2.5 million. It has expanded its commercial departments to include services in employment and HR, corporate and commercial services, dispute resolution, real estate – commercial property, real estate – residential property, corporate recovery and insolvency, debt recovery and sports services.

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