Ben McMurdo

1st Year Trainee Solicitor

I am originally from Leeds; however, my family has a strong connection with the North East. My parents met at Northumbria University and my Grandad lectured at Newcastle University. Prior to my degree, I had a placement at a large commercial firm and a mini pupillage at a barristers chambers. I felt aligned with being in a larger firm, working as part of a team and this solidified my desire to become a lawyer.

I studied Law at Newcastle University, spending my third academic year at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. During my final year I applied to Sintons for a number of reasons, namely its presence in the North East and nationally, the breadth of work on offer and its approach to community initiatives.

I was fortunate to be selected for the graduate assessment week where I gained an insight into the way that Sintons work, the firm culture and approach to CSR. Sintons allowed me the morning off to go to my graduation which affirmed my desire to work for the firm that recognises the importance of personal milestones and achievements. Following the assessment week, I was offered a training contract with the firm.

During my LPC I was paired with a mentor to keep me up to date with what was happening at Sintons which solidified the feeling of being committed to. I felt that I was already part of the firm prior to working for Sintons. Following my LPC, I worked as a paralegal in the Commercial Property Department as my first full-time legal role. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced work and variety of matters that I was worked on.

I started my training contract in March 2021 and am excited about the different challenges the workload will pose. Sintons offers a variety of cases that allows me, and fellow trainees, to develop a uniquely diverse skillset that allow us to be successful lawyers.

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