Essex law firm trainees qualify as solicitors

Essex law firm trainees qualify as solicitors

Cara O’Donoghue and Lisa Cox started at Birkett Long as trainee solicitors and have now qualified into the Agriculture and Estates team and the Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes Team respectively.

Cara graduated from the University of Plymouth with a first class LLB law degree in 2015 and joined the firm as a paralegal in the Commercial Real Estate Team in Colchester in June 2015. Thereafter, she studied the legal practice course at the University of Law whilst continuing in her paralegal role.  Cara was awarded a postgraduate diploma in professional legal practice with distinction in July 2018.  She took up a training contract with Birkett Long in September 2018, with seats in Dispute Resolution, Wills, Trusts and Probate, Commercial and Corporate Finance and Agriculture and Estates. Cara has qualified into the Agriculture and Estates team, advising farming families and rural businesses. Cara is an accomplished sportswoman having competed both regionally and nationally in girls under 18’s golf competitions.

Lisa studied law at the University of Dundee, qualifying in both Scots and English law before moving to England and obtaining a postgraduate diploma with commendation in legal practice in July 2016. She joined Birkett Long as a paralegal in the Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes team in 2016, before taking up her training contract with Birkett Long in September 2018. Lisa had seats in Residential Real Estate, Wills, Trusts and Probate and Dispute Resolution before moving back to the Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes team where she will continue to work as a solicitor. A keen dancer, Lisa has represented Scotland in many international competitions.

Cara said on qualifying: “After many years of studying and training, I feel very proud to have finally qualified as a solicitor.  I am delighted to have qualified into Birkett Long’s Agriculture and Estates team and look forward to continuing my career at the firm.”

Lisa said: “I have wanted to be a solicitor since I was little and am driven by my need to help others. The Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes team provides variety, meaning that I assist families in both finding a resolution to their disputes and in helping a loved one who has gone missing or lost capacity. I was immediately attracted to Birkett Long due to their reputation.”

Birkett Long has offices in Chelmsford, Colchester and Basildon. With 25 partners, it provides a wide range of legal and independent financial services for business including corporate and commercial advice, dispute resolution, education, insolvency, intellectual property and employment and for individuals: wills and conveyancing, family law, independent financial advice, dispute resolution and accident and negligence claims.