Catherine Henry
Catherine Henry
Director: Private Practice

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Trainee Solicitors, think Newcastle - a vibrant and inclusive legal scene

I love visiting Newcastle but what is it like to live and work in the Toon? Newcastle is famously home to Ant & Dec, Cheryl Tweedy/Cole/Fernandez-Versini, Alan Shearer, Geordie Shore…..but there’s more to the city than celebrity names. Newcastle’s atmosphere of friendliness and good humour makes it one of the most welcoming cities in the UK. It’s a well known fact that Newcastle has a lively and vibrant nightlife ranging from traditional pubs to more exclusive bars and restaurants, whatever your taste, there’s something for everyone. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on the south bank of the River Tyne presents an ever changing calendar of dynamic, diverse and international contemporary visual art exhibitions and events. This, along with museums, sights, landmarks, concerts, parks and first class shopping put Newcastle firmly on the map.

Moving to the legal scene, Newcastle’s warmth and sociability is compounded by the Newcastle Junior Lawyers Division; a great bunch of trainee and qualified solicitors with a social calendar to be envious of. Events organised include quizzes, cinema nights, tapas nights, BBQs…the list goes on. Any trainee solicitors considering a move to the region will make friends very quickly.

Many national & regional heavyweights located in the centre of Newcastle have top tier Chambers UK rankings and coverage UK wide. Bond Dickinson boasts Chambers UK rankings in the North East for all major practices; corporate, banking, litigation, property, employment & construction. Watson Burton, Ward Hadaway, Muckle and Hay & Kilner are all Legal 500 listed regional heavyweights climbing the Chambers UK rankings. International and national firms Eversheds, DWF and DAC Beachcroft all maintain a presence in the city. Whether you’re looking for a more personable environment or want exposure to national work, Newcastle can offer all of the above.

Choosing where to start your career as a solicitor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. We are holding our annual careers talks in conjunction with the JLD at the Living Room Newcastle on Wednesday 22nd February. Our guest speaker Shirley Hall, Partner at Eversheds, will discuss what she really looks for when a CV lands on her desk, what makes you stand out and tips and hints on how to progress your career.

If you would like to attend contact Lisa Dowling at BCL Legal lisadowling@bcllegal.com

For more information contact Catherine Henry at BCL Legal.

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