A young lawyer has returned to her native North East to take up a solicitor role with Hay & Kilner Law Firm in Newcastle.

After graduating with a law degree in 2008, Laurie Wilson left the region to first of all work in Austria before returning to the UK, settling in Chester and joining leading Liverpool law firm Weightmans LLP as a paralegal.

While there, she was accepted onto the graduate fast track scheme run by CILEx, the professional body for Chartered Legal Executives, and became a qualified Legal Executive.

She also studied part-time at Chester Law College for both her Legal Practice Course, a required qualification for anyone wishing to practice as a solicitor, and also a Masters degree in Law.

Having completed all her qualifications, Laurie has now returned to the North East to join Hay & Kilner’s commercial property team, and is working with a range of regional clients.

She says: “I always knew that I’d eventually want to come home to be closer to family and friends, and when I started researching my North East employment options, Hay & Kilner was soon high up on my list.

“The good feeling I got at interview has very much been matched by the warm welcome I’ve had into what is a really supportive environment, and I’m already working with a range of ambitious, high quality clients.

“Hay & Kilner is a growing firm which will provide many opportunities for me to build my career, and I’m enjoying being part of a very friendly team.”

Established in 1946, Hay & Kilner is one of North East England’s leading independent law firms and provides a full range of legal services to businesses and individuals from both within and outside the region.

Nicola Tiffen, partner and head of Hay & Kilner’s commercial property team, adds: “Laurie has already gained a wealth of very useful experience in her career so far and is a very valuable addition to the practice.”