Solicitor apprentice secures first-class degree


A solicitor apprentice at Sintons has achieved first class honours in her law degree, as she progresses closer to qualification as a solicitor.

Saffron Sinclair joined Sintons on the North East Solicitor Apprenticeship (NESA) programme four years ago, and since that time has excelled in her studies and legal work in departments across the law firm.

She became Sintons’ third solicitor apprentice under the NESA initiative – of which Sintons was a founding member – which created a new and more accessible route into law for aspiring young lawyers, enabling them to gain practical training while also taking part in academic study at Northumbria University one day a week.

Rotating seats every six months to gain experience of a wide range of legal practice, Saffron is currently part of the real estate team and continues to impress with her legal talent and commitment.

Saffron will now follow the lead of Sintons’ solicitor apprentices Leah Greenwell and Nathan Johnson – who joined in 2017 – in studying for the Solicitors’ Qualifying Exams as she progresses towards qualification, which is set for 2024.

“Sintons is the optimum environment for an aspiring lawyer like myself. It’s extremely supportive and full of talented lawyers, many of whom are leaders in their field regionally and nationally, yet always have time to help me in my work and support my progress,” says Saffron.

“I’m delighted to have achieved a first-class degree and qualification is now only two years away. Since joining in 2018, this has been a fantastic experience, and I look forward to completing the final stages of my apprenticeship.”

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, says: “We are all extremely proud of Saffron and how hard she has worked to complete her degree, and to achieve first class honours is outstanding.

“Saffron has shown first-rate commitment to the NESA programme from the first time we met her in her interview, and since joining Sintons has continued to progress strongly. Her commitment to clients – which is at the very core of everything we do here – is excellent, and her work as part of our trainee group in social and fundraising initiatives has brought an additional dimension to her vast contribution so far.

“Our congratulations go to Saffron on this brilliant achievement, and we look forward to supporting her through the final two years of her apprenticeship to qualification in 2024.”


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