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Career Paths

At Ellis Jones we strongly believe in encouraging all of our staff to develop and fulfil their potential. We provide opportunities for you to progress within the firm and support you in your career aspirations.

Many of our legal support staff choose to progress their careers with us by studying for a CILEX qualification. Our Paralegals have progressed to become Trainee Solicitors and many of our Trainee Solicitors have progressed to becoming Associates and then on to become Partners.

Even our Managing Partner was a Trainee Solicitor at Ellis Jones.

“I started at the firm 30 years ago in 1986 as a Trainee Solicitor (Articled Clerk back then!). I was keen to progress and was given the opportunity to do so. At the tender age of 28, I became one of the youngest Equity Partners in the country and from day 1 was very much part of the management of the firm. I assumed the role of Managing Partner in 1999 and have been allowed to develop into that role. I am committed to creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to achieve personal excellence and to giving everyone in the firm the opportunity to further their careers in the same way in which I was. That philosophy is reflected in the fact that more than a third of the current 11 Partners and half of the Associates in the firm started here as Trainees. Long may that continue!” Nigel Smith, Managing Partner.

Lauren Day (Partner) also started at Ellis Jones as a Trainee Solicitor in 2007.

“After completing my training contract with Ellis Jones - which was both engaging and challenging – I qualified into the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. Having received excellent support and training I was made an Associate in 2012 and a partner in December 2013. I feel that my rapid progression to partner reflects the firm’s commitment to support and development for their staff. I doubt that I would have had such opportunities at other firms” Lauren Day, Partner.

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