Five appointments at Sheffield law firm

Sheffield headquartered law firm Wake Smith Solicitors has made five appointments as it heads into the final quarter of 2018.

The company which has serviced the legal requirements of individuals and companies across the Sheffield City Region for more than 200 years, has recruited across several growing departments.

Jessica Rowbotham from Kiveton Park has started as Assistant Solicitor in the firm’s Private Client team after completing a training contract at Rotherham’s Walker & Co at the same time as studying for a Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Sheffield.

Holly Abbott-Cragg also joins the Private Client team as a Paralegal and will start a training contract at Wake Smith from September 2019. Holly, from Chesterfield, has previously worked at Irwin Mitchell and Trade Union Legal.

Sheffield Hallam University graduate Natasha Lindley takes up a new role of Paralegal in Wake Smith’s Clinical Negligence team to support the solicitors in managing an increasing number of new enquiries. Natasha, originally from Buxton, joins from Irwin Mitchell.

Sam Bellagha, who completed his undergraduate law degree at Sheffield Hallam University and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice at The University of Sheffield, starts his training contract in Wake Smith’s Company Commercial team after working for a year as a Paralegal in the firm’s Private Client department.

While highly experienced legal secretary Sue Murray takes up a new position in Wake Smith’s expanding Residential Conveyancing team.

Wake Smith HR Manager Jo Barnett said: “We have a strong employer brand across the city and our ambition is to be the employer of choice for the legal profession in Sheffield. It has been exciting to see the quality of applications received and candidates interviewed.

“As well as a very supportive and friendly culture, with fantastic city centre offices and an emphasis on staff well-being, we offer the opportunity to work with high quality clients alongside experienced professionals.

“There is also chance to develop up through the company and we have seen trainees stay with the firm and progress to director level.”

Wake Smith Solicitors private client team is currently shortlisted in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018 and the company was shortlisted as employer of the year at The Sheffield Business Awards 2017.

The firm has approximately 100 staff, including 20 directors, with more than 44 experienced legal professionals; including solicitors, associates, consultants and chartered legal executives providing legal expertise and practical law advice.

Specialisms for both businesses and individuals include corporate and commercial; dispute resolution, commercial litigation; banking and finance; HR and employment; clinical negligence and personal injury; personal tax, trusts and probate; family; commercial property, property litigation, intellectual property and IT and telecoms.

Business clients range from multi-national corporations and national charities to family businesses and individual entrepreneurs, from banks and manufacturers to local authorities, from health sector to retail developers, from PFI/PPP contractors to new media designers.

Specialist legal personal services for clients include advice for those seeking to protect their personal estates; make legal arrangements for their family; be advised on complex clinical negligence cases or personal injury claims, and for those who are moving house and require conveyancing services.

For further details call Wake Smith Solicitors on 0114 266 6660 or email


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