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Barking & Dagenham College learners impress top law firm

Three Business, Management and Financial Services learners from Barking & Dagenham College have beaten over 90 applicants to win coveted positions at the London office of top  international legal practice, Norton Rose LLP.

Antonetta Joannou aged 25, Lauren Deeble aged 18 and Emma Boylan aged 19, completed their City & Guilds Legal Secretarial Diplomas Level 3 in July 2011, and were talent-spotted while on work experience with the firm as part of their course.

Each year their City office in London offers 10 training contracts to legal secretaries – five in January and five in July, and with over 90 applicants for each intake the competition is tough. After six months, training and personal development most trainees are offered permanent or fixed term contracts.

Emma Collins, HR Manager for Secretaries at Norton Rose LLP, explained why Antonette, Lauren and Emma caught their eye:

“All had been on work experience with us for two weeks and we invited them to be interviewed and tested for a place on our training contract. Their enthusiasm, positive attitude and skills really impressed the teams here and we got lots of good feedback. We look for employees who are going to have a long career with us, so our recruitment process is rigorous and we only take on the best.”

Norton Rose LLP is part of the wider Norton Rose Group which recently announced that leading Canadian and South African law firms Ogilvy Renault and Deneys Reitz, will join their business on 1 June 2011. The combined Norton Rose Group will be a top 10 global legal practice by number of lawyers with more than 2,500 lawyers in 38 offices worldwide.