Ward Hadaway awards bursaries to top law students | 09 March 10

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has been helping the next generation of legal experts by awarding bursaries to two high-flying law students.

Northumbria University law students and Ward Hadaway bursary award winners Catherine Maclaine and Hollie Walker with Ward Hadaway corporate finance partner Richard Butts

Student success – (from left) Northumbria University law students and Ward Hadaway bursary award winners Catherine Maclaine and Hollie Walker with Ward Hadaway corporate finance partner Richard Butts.

The firm, which has offices in Newcastle and Leeds, has helped two Northumbria University students with funding towards the second and third year of their LLB exempting degrees.

Hollie Walker and Catherine Maclaine, both second-year students in the university’s Law School, will also get the opportunity to spend time on work experience at Ward Hadaway.

Hollie and Catherine both achieved high exam results in the first year of their course and impressed with their aptitude and abilities at interview.

The two are the second set of students to be awarded a Ward Hadaway bursary after the scheme was set up with Northumbria Law School last year.

Hollie, 20, from Stockton, Teesside, said: “I am honoured to receive the Ward Hadaway Bursary.

“It is a fantastic opportunity which I intend to make the most of. I am looking forward to learning more about the firm during the work experience.”

Catherine, 19, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, described the bursary as “fantastic”.

She added: “The money is obviously tremendously helpful but the annual work experience with the firm will provide me with invaluable experience.”

Hollie and Catherine were presented with their bursaries by Richard Butts, a partner in corporate finance at Ward Hadaway.

Richard said: “Hollie and Catherine are worthy recipients of their bursaries.

“As well as being academically strong, Hollie and Catherine both displayed confidence and good interpersonal skills during their interviews, which are key criteria for us in selecting graduates to undertake training contracts.

“A number of our trainee solicitors have studied at Northumbria University and those graduates who have undertaken the LLB exempting degree benefit from its strong practical emphasis.”

Ward Hadaway bursaries are available to second-year students who are amongst the top performing students in their first-year exams.

They are awarded annually to two students, who also have the opportunity to participate in a total of eight weeks’ work experience in the firm’s Newcastle or Leeds offices over their second and third years.

Mick Woodley, Associate Dean at Northumbria University’s Law School, said: “These bursaries give the students exposure to working life in a solicitors practice. It’s an invaluable insight.

“The winners of this bursary will have the added advantage of seeing what it’s like to be working in a large commercial practice.”

Ward Hadaway also offers an annual prize to Northumbria University Law students.

Each year the Sue Watts Memorial Prize is presented to the student with the best performance in the Intellectual Property module of their LLB exempting degree.

The prize was established by the firm to honour the memory of Ward Hadaway partner, Sue Watts, who sadly died in 1999 aged 33.

* Find out more about our bursary scheme.