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Rotheras welcomes three new trainee solicitors to the firm

Trainees Joanne Derbyshire, Joshua Morley and Jasmine Jackson

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three trainee solicitors who are commencing their training contracts with us this autumn.

Written by
Rebecca Emeleus
Rebecca Emeleus
Partner & Head of Personal Injury

Joshua Morley, Jasmine Jackson and Joanne Derbyshire are the latest recruits for Rotheras, which now has six memebers of staff completing their training contracts with the firm.


Joshua Morley will be completing his first seat in commercial property. He graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a first class LLB degree and obtained a Distinction on his LPC, which he attained at Nottingham Law School. Joshua has previously gained work experience at an East Midlands based firm and volunteered as a student legal adviser for Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre. Before accepting his training contract offer at Rotheras Joshua worked as a paralegal at another local firm in both its residential conveyancing and commercial property departments. Alongside his training contract Joshua is also currently completing his LLM degree.

Joanne Derbyshire will be completing her first seat in personal injury at the Lace Market office. Joanne has previously worked for a law firm in Derby as a trainee paralegal in their personal injury (RTA) department. She joined Rotheras in September 2018 where she started as a receptionist at the firm’s Beeston branch and progressed through the roles of legal secretary and family law legal assistant before starting her training contract this September.

Jasmine Jackson originally joined Rotheras in June 2019 as a paralegal in the transport department. She will be undertaking her first seat in family at the Lace Market office in October. Jasmine graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2017 with a first-class LLB degree whilst also undertaking a placement year in a national law firm.  She is also currently studying for her LPC and LLM part-time, which she is due to complete in 2020. Since graduating in 2017 Jasmine has spent 10 months in Nottinghamshire Police as a Graduate Police Investigative Officer and a further 10 months working within family law as a paralegal.

Jasmine says: “I am really looking forward to starting my first seat in family law. Joining Rotheras as a paralegal in the transport department means that I have been able to familiarise myself with other colleagues in the firm and it has really helped build up my confidence. I feel like I will be able to hit the ground running when I commence my training contract with the family team.”

Rotheras also has three other trainee solicitors currently completing their training contracts with the firm. Paige Regardsoe, who is in the second year of her training contract, joined Rotheras in 2017 as a legal administrator before starting her training contract in April 2018. She has completed seats in dispute resolution, debt recovery and conveyancing. Billy Shaw, who joined the firm in September 2018 has completed seats in dispute resolution and debt recovery and is currently completing a seat in family. Christina Peck, who started her training contract in April 2019 has recently completed her first seat in the personal injury department. She is now based at our Beeston office to undertake a seat in wills and probate.

Rotheras has also developed a Trainee Committee which is led by the firm’s current trainees to provide support and guidance to the latest recruits.

Rebecca Emeleus, Talent and Resourcing partner at Rotheras said:

“We are delighted to welcome Joanne, Joshua and Jasmine to the firm. A number of our staff have joined us as trainee solicitors and progressed their career through the firm and we are passionate about nurturing the skills of our staff and providing them with the tools they need to grow.

“We want to recruit and retain the best people. I think potential candidates can see that not only are we committed to the needs of our clients but we are also dedicated to investing in future talent within the firm, helping our staff develop and find their individual strengths. These appointments represent the changes, growth and innovation the firm is entering in to and are symbolic of the times and the firm’s plans for its succession.”

Applications for Rotheras training contracts will be open again in February 2020 with the assessment day due to take place late April. To view Rotheras current vacancies visit:

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