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Date: 07 August 2017 | Time: 9:54

New recruit for Watson Burton’s commercial litigation team

Commercial law firm Watson Burton has strengthened its commercial litigation team with the appointment of a new solicitor.

Jessica Brain, who undertook a graduate traineeship with Watson Burton and qualified as a solicitor this year, will be based at the firm’s Leeds office.

Jessica will support the team’s work on corporate litigation, property litigation, shareholder and boardroom disputes, fraud cases, data breaches, negligence claims and contractual disputes.

A Newcastle University law graduate, Jessica undertook a Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York before working as a senior paralegal at Stewarts Law in Leeds, where she was part of the commercial litigation and competition department.

During the course of Watson Burton’s two-year graduate programme, trainees have the opportunity to work across the firm’s key practice areas. The programme covers four six month rotations across Watson Burton’s national groups.

Jessica Brain commented: “Making the transition from graduate trainee to solicitor has been truly exciting and I’m looking forward to playing a key role in Watson Burton’s commercial litigation team.

“I gained valuable first-hand experience of commercial law and commercial litigation during my training contract and worked on high level cases, supporting senior solicitors and partners.

“The skills and knowledge I acquired during the traineeship and in previous roles will provide an excellent grounding in my career as a solicitor.”

Anthony Rance, partner in Watson Burton’s commercial litigation team, said: “Jessica’s time as a trainee solicitor with Watson Burton demonstrated that she has a genuine passion for commercial law and a real understanding of the commercial litigation landscape. We are delighted that she is moving forward in her career as part of our team.

“As a firm we feel it’s important to nurture and develop legal talent and Jessica’s appointment shows that our graduate traineeship programme is a pathway to a rewarding, exciting legal career.”

Watson Burton has offices in Leeds, Newcastle and London.

For more information, click here to visit the Watson Burton website.

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