Ten graduate from Parker Bullen Academy

Ten graduate from Parker Bullen Academy
Ten graduate from Parker Bullen Academy

Eight trainee solicitors, a paralegal and a chartered legal executive have graduated from the 2020 Parker Bullen Training Academy, in a ‘Zoom’ ceremony attended by Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Helen Birchenough.

Mark Lello, Partner, Parker Bullen, who oversaw the training explains: “This year has presented challenges and opportunities. The adaptation to remote learning as a result of Covid 19 was easier than we anticipated and proved very successful, it also allowed us to open the Academy to other organisations and we were pleased to welcome Jessica Few, a trainee solicitor from Hereford based Longmores solicitors. The biggest opportunity was our  ability to tailor the training to reflect the extraordinary challenges and legal implications that both individuals and businesses were facing as a result of Covid 19”.

Testament to the success of the Training Academy is the fact that we have already had interest from other legal and accountancy firms from across the UK.

I would like to thank Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Helen Birchenough, who is also chair of Arts Council England South West for her support presenting the awards to our graduates in the virtual world that we currently inhabit”.

Molly Dilling, trainee solicitor and academy graduate commented; “During the furlough period the academy provided me with a sense of purpose and a means of developing both professionally and personally. The interactive seminars developed my legal skills and provided insight into my future career and law as a business. I have learnt crisis management first hand and how it impacts clients, decision making techniques to get the most out of myself and my colleagues. I am proud to work for a firm that cares so much about our development”.

Katherine Jenson, trainee solicitor, who also graduated, added; “What really stood out for me is how progressive this sort of training is. Not only have we been involved in meaningful client work in our respective seats, but the PBTA has also taught us many other vital skills. Notable examples for me personally include how to contract a successful meeting, how best to engage in marketing for the firm, and conducting a mock negotiation exercise. I know that these additional skills will be invaluable in our careers upon qualification. Thank you very much to Mark for fronting this initiative!”


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