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Lichfield legal firm signs up to help European interns

European interns are being given a helping hand by a Lichfield law firm.

Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan Solicitors is sharing its legal know-how after signing up to the Leonardo Da Vinci work placement scheme hosted by not-for-profit organisation European Training Services.

The initiative, launched by the European Commission, aims to give degree-level candidates a taste of working life in a different country, enabling them to improve their language skills as well as developing their knowledge and practical experience in a chosen discipline.

Helen Bradin and Cecilia Sourdioux

Helen Bradin and Cecilia Sourdioux

Solicitors from Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan are now training 24-year-old French student Cecilia Sourdioux, who is currently working towards a Masters degree in public law and administration.

Cecilia is at the beginning of a 10 week placement with the firm and believes the challenge of working in an English solicitors will better prepare her for a career in the legal field in France.

She said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity and have already learnt a great deal.

“My language skills and understanding of the workplace are improving every day. I have already had the opportunity to monitor interviews with clients, compile paperwork for court cases and carry out other legal administrative tasks.”

Helen Bradin, partner of Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan Solicitors, added: “We believe the scheme will provide a good grounding for future legal practitioners throughout Europe. Hopefully Cecilia will leave with a sound knowledge of English law as well as having gained experience in useful administration processes in the workplace.

“We are always looking to help young people make the jump on to the career ladder and work experience is absolutely the best way to prepare students for the realities of working life – having interns from other European countries is broadening the horizons of our junior staff too.”

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