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Legal Trainee Secures Contract With Leading Law Firm

A legal trainee is celebrating after becoming one step closer to qualifying as a criminal lawyer, after securing a training contract with a leading Shropshire solicitors' firm.

Jessica Hilditch has progressed to the role of Trainee Solicitor in the Criminal Law Department at PCB Solicitors Shrewsbury head office, where she will undertake her training contract to become fully-qualified. Jessica joined the firm in 2010 as an accredited police station representative and legal clerk within the Crown Court department, after completing a Law Degree and a Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of the West of England.

As part of her training contract, which will take eighteen months to complete, Jessica will primarily work with the firm's Criminal Law department, preparing cases for hearings, attending Crown Courts to assist Counsel and representing clients at police stations. She will also gain experience working on Magistrates Court matters, as well as across other departments, including Wills and Probate, and Family.

Jessica said "I am very much looking forward to undertaking my training contract with PCB Solicitors and would like to thank the team for supporting me over the past two years. Completing the training contract will enable me to deal with entire criminal cases, from initial police station representation right through to the Crown Court, which will be a huge benefit to clients. Although I am keen to specialise in criminal law, I look forward to gaining experience across all other departments too."

Mike Surzyn, Partner at PCB Solicitors, said "Jessica is a real asset to the team here so we are delighted to be able to offer her a training contract, which will set her firmly on the path to becoming a fully qualified solicitor. We well be supporting Jessica in her ongoing training and development, and look forward to her playing a vital role in the Criminal Law department in years to come."


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