Knights has promoted seven paralegals to trainees, nearly doubling the number of trainees currently at the firm.
The intake, which now comprises 15 trainees, have all been recruited from the firm’s paralegal ranks over the last 18 months and will be based across its three offices in Cheltenham, Chester and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Knights is not the only firm to draw its trainees exclusively from its paralegal pool. In 2012 Clarke Willmott made the decision to stop its graduate recruitment programme and recruit solely from its paralegal ranks.
Offshore firm Ogier recruited six paralegals last year on a 12-month fixed-term contract, to see whether the recruits would make suitable trainees.
Knights CEO David Beech said: “Our paralegals and junior lawyers not only represent the future of both our firm and the legal profession but also play a vital role in how we offer clients the best solution to their legal needs. They are a vital component to our business.”