400 fight for six training contracts at Mills & Reeve


Half a dozen graduates are set to embark on their legal careers with the Birmingham office of law firm Mills & Reeve.

The successful six, Darryn Hale, Miranda Holmes, Ben Howell, Mehdi Seadon, Nicola Seymour and Sarah Wearmouth, were chosen from more than 400 applicants for training contracts with the firm.

Mills & Reeve has also offered full-time solicitor posts to all six of its trainees from 2008, following the completion of their training contracts: Chris Bartley, Fiona Hargreaves, David Hawkins, Nick Hughes, Laura Kealey and James Richards begin working as solicitors from this month.

A further three newly qualified solicitors, who undertook their training elsewhere in the firm’s regional network, are moving to Birmingham to practice.

Guy Hinchley, managing partner at Mills & Reeve. said: “In a year when many law firms cut back on their trainees we decided to continue our investment in new talent. We had a record number of applicants and those who succeeded in being offered a contract did so against enormous odds.

“Our trainee intake in 2008 across all of our offices was 23 and we are pleased to have offered jobs to 21. In Birmingham, we are delighted to have offered permanent jobs to the entire class of 2008.”

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