A clerk at Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett is embarking on a legal career starting as a trainee solicitor.

Jessica Smith joined Lupton Fawcett six years ago as Provincial and Diocesan Registry Clerk in its Ecclesiastical and Charities team.

After working in the department Jessica became interested in furthering her career and began studying law part time.

With an undergraduate degree in Historical Archaeology, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Law over two years and began the Legal Practice Course in 2019.

Jessica starts her training contract with Lupton Fawcett in April, gaining experience across all legal specialities and hopes to qualify as a solicitor in two years’ time.

Jonathan Oxley, Partner and Head of York office: “Congratulations to Jessica for her commitment to becoming a trainee solicitor. There are many different routes into a legal career and we are delighted to support our top performing paralegals in training and ultimately qualifying in their chosen area of law.”

Simone Bolton has been appointed as the new Provincial Registry Clerk in Lupton Fawcett’s Ecclesiastical l and Charities team. She graduated from Durham University in 2018, before moving to York to begin her legal career.

Lupton Fawcett’s ecclesiastical law practice is the largest in the north of England.

The firm advises on legal issues facing clergy, parishes and dioceses in the Church of England, as well as delivering seminars and training for ecclesiastical clients.

New trainee role for Jessica at Lupton Fawcett

L-R Simone Bolton and Jessica Smith

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