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Blanchards Bailey invests in its staff for future excellence

Blanchards Bailey believes in putting not only clients’ interests at the forefront of its business, but those of its employees too.

The legal specialist was recently named as a Legal 500 company, meaning it employs some of the top lawyers in the UK.

But Blanchards Bailey celebrates its junior members of staff too, which is why it invests in training for a number of young employees.

Currently six members of staff are receiving both internal support and external training in order to provide a top quality service for clients.

Sarah Heath, principal in charge of training at Blanchards Bailey, said the firm is committed to providing excellent quality training for employees.

She said: “By supporting our junior legal staff, they gain a better understanding of a wide range of issues and how to handle them. This gives our clients a more comprehensive and professional service and fits in with our values of delivering excellence, dedicated teamwork and putting people first.”

Trainee solicitor Carla Phillips has worked in the firm’s conveyancing department for the past two years and began her training contract in October. She said: “The support and training I have received has been fantastic.

“All the senior members of staff are very knowledgeable and approachable, and I am always able to go to them if I need assistance or advice. They will take the time to explain anything I do not understand or point me in the right direction to find the answer rather than ‘spoon feed’ me the information.

“They actively encourage me to go on courses to further my knowledge on any topics which I feel I need training on.”

Carla added: “It means a lot to me to have this support as it does make me feel part of a team and the firm as a whole. It has also enabled me to obtain new skills and to put them into practice.

“I really enjoy working at Blanchards Bailey as everyone is very friendly, professional and supportive of each other. The firm has enabled me to grow as a legal professional and I am very excited to be given the opportunity to complete my training here.”

Conveyancing executive Amy Mowlem said: “Since starting at Blanchards Bailey, I have received positive support and training from all the team. I am currently studying for my level 3 Cilex qualification and I attend training sessions externally along with the Wessex Law Academy. I have weekly training with our chief executive Alan Horne who mentors me, providing support with live files.

“I like the family feel of the company and that everyone is working together. We work hard but still enjoy ourselves along the way.

“I am proud to work here as we have a good reputation locally and lots of clients come back to us and recommend their family and friends year after year.

“I would like to be part of Blanchards Bailey for many years to come as it continues to succeed.”

Other members of staff currently receiving training with Blanchards Bailey are conveyancing assistant Emma Taylor; paralegal Joshua Cronin who joined the firm at the end of September; conveyancing assistant Fiona Ball, who joined in October, and trainee legal assistant Stacy Savage. All live locally and are from Dorset.

Sarah concluded: “Blanchards Bailey has invested a significant amount in the future of our staff and this has paid off in producing a workforce with a reputation for excellence.”

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