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Training contracts

One of our main objectives is to recruit trainee solicitors and retain you on qualification; organic growth is the backbone of the Firm.

We have retained a considerable proportion of our trainee intake in recent years and look to continue that trend. Growth from within is very much a priority. Indeed, a number of our current partners originally joined the firm as trainee solicitors. 

We typically recruit three trainees each year with training contracts commencing on 1 September every year.

You must have a strong academic record, high standards and a strong work ethic. You should be a great communicator and show common sense. We require you to have achieved 340 UCAS points (AAB) or the Tariff equivalent from your best three A-Levels, together with a strong 2:1. If you have undertaken the GDL or LPC we require you to have achieved a commendation or above.

You need to be enthusiastic, committed and have the ability to use your initiative. A sense of humour is also essential. 

If selected for a training contract you will spend two years working in four different areas of law. You will receive a high level of training in each discipline, whilst experiencing considerable client contact.

If you would like to apply for a training contract for September 2020 or 2021 please send your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you want to work for Blacks Solicitors LLP and what you will bring to the Firm.

All applications should be made by email to marked for the attention of our Training Principal, Tom Moyes, Partner. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Good Luck!

Tom Moyes

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Alex Morris
Alex Morris
Trainee Solicitor
0113 322 2820

Alex Morris joined Blacks Solicitors as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2017.

Before taking the decision to join the legal profession, Alex originally studied History at King’s College London. He subsequently gained commercial experience in London, New York, and France and ran a family care home business based in Manchester.

Alex completed the GDL at the University of Law in 2015 and then the LPC at BPP University in 2016.

He currently assists in a broad range of commercial disputes, having previously completed a seat in Commercial Property.

Annie Beaumont
Annie Beaumont
Trainee Solicitor
0113 227 9269

Annie Beaumont joined Blacks Solicitors as a paralegal in 2016, after completing her Masters in Law at Northumbria University, and is currently a Trainee Solicitor.

As a paralegal Annie gained extensive experience in numerous areas of wills and probate work including the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs); probate work; Trusts; and probate conveyancing throughout the Administration of an Estate.

Annie also dealt with Deputyship Applications to the Court of Protection and worked with attorneys in relation to the ongoing management of people’s finances, property and decisions regarding their care.

Further to her professional work, Annie is a Dementia Friends Champion and works alongside other organisations to help build a Dementia Friendly environment within Leeds


She is also an Accredited Mediator and has experience in Clinical Negligence Litigation.

Elaine Flynn
Elaine Flynn
Trainee Solicitor
0113 227 9280

Elaine Flynn joined Blacks Solicitors as a Paralegal in 2015 and is currently a Trainee Solicitor.

Elaine originally studied History at the University of York, before completing her GDL and then LPC at BPP University in Leeds.

As a Paralegal Elaine gained extensive experience in various aspects of commercial property work including sales and purchases, landlord and tenant matters, and drafting construction documentation (including Appointments and Warranties).

Elaine has undertaken training seats in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment and will qualify in September 2019.

Natalya Platts
Natalya Platts
Trainee Solicitor
0113 207 1052

Natalya Platts joined Blacks Solicitors in 2014 as a Paralegal, and became a Trainee Solicitor in September 2018.

She completed her Law degree in 2013 before undertaking her LPC at BPP University.

Prior to starting her Training Contract, Natalya worked in the Firm’s Residential Conveyancing team where she was responsible for managing a large team, and dealt with a wide range of matters for many leading estate agents.

Since becoming a Trainee, Natalya has been dealing with a range of residential property sales and purchases including leasehold, new build and shared ownership properties.

Fiona Barber
Fiona Barber
Trainee Solicitor
0113 207 1095

Fiona Barber joined Blacks Solicitors in 2017 as a paralegal and is currently a Trainee Solicitor.

Before joining Blacks, Fiona studied Law at Nottingham Trent University and then undertook her Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Law, where she achieved a distinction. She also gained previous experience working in a Leeds Barristers Chambers and has done pro bono work for charities.

As a paralegal Fiona assisted in a variety of family law matters, including preparation of Declarations of Trust, Cohabitation Agreements and Pre-Nuptial Agreements. She also assisted in divorce cases, financial applications and children matters.

Sarah Scullion
Sarah Scullion
Trainee Solicitor
0113 227 9215

Sarah Scullion joined Blacks Solicitors in 2015 as a Paralegal in the Family Law team, and became a Trainee Solicitor in 2017.

Previously, Sarah completed her Law degree in 2013 at the University of Leeds and went on to achieve a Distinction on the LPC at BPP University.

As a Paralegal in the Family Law team at Blacks, Sarah gained experience in dealing with a variety of matters including divorce, financial, and child arrangements cases. She is currently undertaking a seat in the Wills & Probate team.

Amer Ali
Amer Ali
Trainee Solicitor
0113 207 1096

Amer Ali joined Blacks Solicitors in 2015 and worked in the Firm’s Residential Conveyancing team, before becoming a Trainee Solicitor in September 2018.

Prior to Blacks, Amer gained experience in personal injury litigation and completed his LLB (Hons) degree in 2006, before undertaking the Legal Practice Course in 2008.

During his time in the Residential Conveyancing team, Amer was a Team Leader where he gained significant experience in acting for clients in the sale and purchase of residential properties.

Amer regularly receives positive feedback from his clients and is a Licensed Conveyancer.

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