Legal talent recruited to Valley firm

The newly recruited trainee solicitors at Harrison Drury. (s)
The newly recruited trainee solicitors at Harrison Drury. (s)

A Lancashire law firm has recruited four trainee solicitors as part of its annual intake of new legal talent.

Harrison Drury, which has an office in Church Street, Clitheroe, has offered training contracts to Gill Ashcroft, Emily Leeming, Robert Burn and Matthew Astley.

A rapid recent expansion has seen the firm go from one solicitor and secretary to having a team of seven solicitors now based in the building and the firm, which advises business owners and individuals, plans to add further to staff numbers in the coming months as its growth continues.

Simon England, head of the Clitheroe office, said: “We decided to expand into Clitheroe because we already had clients and long standing professional relationships in the Ribble Valley and wider East Lancashire region. We’ve also staffed the office largely with people from the area who have strong local connections.”

Harrison Drury has also significantly expanded its trainee programme in recent years The latest recruits mean the firm has now offered a total of 11 trainee contracts in the last two years.

John Chesworth, managing director said: “I’ve been impressed once again with the quality of applicants we’ve had for our training programme, which gets stronger each year. The competition for these places has been fierce and it proves to me that we are capable of keeping the brightest legal minds in the region.

“It’s great to welcome Gill, Emily, Robert and Matthew as our “Class of 16” intake. They represent the future of the firm and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow and develop their legal careers with us.”