Latimer Hinks Solicitors is working in partnership with Darlington’s Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College to support the next generation of lawyers.
The two Darlington organisations are coming together to celebrate and reward the excellence of A Level law students.
Ten of the college’s top performing law students including those who have made the most progress in the subject will each receive £125 from the Priestgate-based solicitors.
The long established Darlington law firm is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017 with a series of legacy initiatives, which aim to support residents and organisations in the town. In addition to supporting Queen Elizabeth students, Latimer Hinks is currently in the process of raising £10,000 for St Teresa’s Hospice, which will culminate in a black tie ball in November 2017.
Anne Elliott, Chief Executive at Latimer Hinks, said: “Over the years a number of people who have contributed to the success of Latimer Hinks have studied at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form.
“These awards will not only recognise the most talented students, but will also reward those students who have worked hard to improve their grades or overcome difficult circumstances to successfully complete their courses. It is my hope that it will provide a confidence boost to those students and encourage them to consider a career in law.
“At the moment, many law students pursuing a career in the industry choose to work in larger cities, but it’s important that our home grown talent consider a legal career here.
“We wanted to make a positive contribution to the people and community of Darlington and the surrounding areas as part of our celebration of Latimer Hinks’ 125th anniversary, and this is one of a number of initiatives we have planned.”
Tim Fisher, Principal at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, said: “We’re delighted that Latimer Hinks is rewarding the hard work of our law students. Like Queen Elizabeth, Latimer Hinks is an organisation that had a presence in the town for a long time and has an excellent reputation amongst locals, so it’s fantastic to be able to work together.
“These awards will provide further motivation for our students studying law. Many students come from difficult backgrounds and don’t always have positive role models, so it’s particularly important to provide them with something to work towards.”
Latimer Hinks solicitors, based in Darlington, has a team of around 50 people serving private and corporate clients. Their range of expertise and services covers legal issues surrounding commercial, residential and agricultural property, wills and lasting powers of attorney, trusts, probate, long-term care, tax planning, commercial law, alternative and renewable energy, employment, and land-owning. In 2016 Latimer Hinks won Private Client Team of the Year in the Northern Law Awards.