Barrister pupil joins Hammonds

Hammonds Suddards Edge has taken on a second barrister pupil, setting a trend for in-house advocacy training at law firms.

Kirsty McKinlay has joined the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she worked as a paralegal in the finance team. She will serve a 12-month pupillage, after which she will be fully qualified as a barrister.

Hammonds director of advocacy Patrick Walker said: “There was uncertainty about whether there would be an in-house demand for advocacy. The answer is overwhelmingly yes. Clients want the choice and it is demand-led.”

Walker added: “The advantage of in-house advocacy is that we can provide a seamless service, a one-stop shop.”