A rising star who has qualified early as a junior solicitor has been retained by Watson Burton LLP.
Julia Caiger, 25, from Leeds, has completed her training contract with the Newcastle-headquartered law firm after just one year and eight months. Previous in-house experience at retailer Mamas & Papas Ltd meant that she has been able to qualify early into Watson Burton’s corporate and commercial department.
Julia was first introduced to Watson Burton in 2011 when she undertook a work experience placement in the firm’s Leeds office.
She said: “Unlike other placements, at Watson Burton I was given the chance to gain experience on real cases. All of the staff were really encouraging and took the time to explain the relevance of the work I was doing.
“I found the whole experience invaluable, and knew that I wanted to pursue a career with the firm in the future. Two years later in 2013 I relocated to the North East to start my training contract in the Newcastle office.”
Julia gained experience working across Watson Burton’s key practice areas of employment, corporate and commercial and commercial litigation. She also completed a secondment to one of the firm’s key clients, Bellway plc, where she worked with the commercial director on a strategically important transaction.
Head of corporate at Watson Burton, Duncan Reid, said: “As a firm we have been lucky enough to attract trainees who demonstrate real talent, commitment and loyalty year-after-year. Julia has consistently impressed us with her drive and positivity, and I am pleased that she has chosen to stay with us after qualifying. She will be a real asset to the team.”