Russell-Cooke has welcomed six newly-qualified solicitors into their home departments where they take up their positions as associates following the successful completion of their training contract.
Brooke Clark has qualified into the real estate team and Kaitlin Wilson in the construction team; both Caitlin Philpott and Imogen Runacres have joined the family and children team; Nathan Weich has started as an associate with the criminal and financial crime team and Saphia Wyse has qualified into personal injury and medical negligence team.
Our September 2023 qualifiers started with us towards the end of the pandemic and so it was a challenging start to their training contract. That did not stop them rolling up their sleeves, showing dedication during difficult and disruptive times and participating in all aspects of firm life. “We are extremely committed to ensuring that our NQs development continues at a pace; the support they have received from and with their trainee cohort does not stop here – they now join our junior lawyer cohort where they will receive training and networking opportunities as well as supervision by the cohort partner.
Brooke Clark read Law at the University of Southampton, graduating with first class honours. Prior to joining Russell-Cooke as a trainee in 2021, Brooke achieved a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at City, University of London.
Caitlin Philpott read Law with Law Studies in Europe (Germany) at Christ Church, Oxford before earning a Master of Laws at the University of Birmingham. Caitlin achieved a Distinction in the LPC with a Master of Science at the University of Law.
Imogen Runacres read Philosophy and German at the University of Oxford and achieved a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course. Before joining Russell-Cooke as a trainee she worked in the employment and family departments of a City law firm.
Nathan Weich studied History at the University of Bristol, graduating with first class honours. He achieved distinctions in the GDL and the LPC LLM at the University of Law, Manchester.
Kaitlin Wilson read Law at Durham University. She completed the Legal Practice Course and a Master of Laws in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law.
Saphia Wyse read Geography at the University of Leeds, graduating with first class honours. Before joining Russell-Cooke Saphia achieved distinctions in the GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.
Russell-Cooke’s training contract consists of four seats (six months each), spread across at least two of the firm’s three offices. The recently published Legal Cheek scorecard awards the Russell-Cooke training contract A* for work-life balance and As for training, quality of work, peer support and partner approachability.
The firm takes on 10-12 trainees each year and runs two one-week vacation schemes each spring. Applications open on 20 November 2023 for our 2026 training contract and spring 2024 vacation scheme.