The opening of the new Law School at One Friar Gate Square is on the horizon. We look back at how University of Derby built some of our most valued members of staff to date.
Flint Bishop employs a number of University of Derby graduates across multiple disciplines, including Claire Rudkin, a Partner and Head of Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts. Claire, who lives in Duffield, has been with the firm for ten years and has the largest private client department in the city. Claire completed her Law and Accountancy honours degree in 1994.
Andrew Perry is Head of Construction and Engineering at the firm and completed his LLB at University of Derby in 2008. Andrew deals with some of the largest construction deals in the region supported by the firm’s Commercial Property team and acts for leading businesses such as Bowmer and Kirkland and Clowes Development. Andrew is currently on secondment to SIG Building, a new contracting arm of £2.6bn turnover business SIG plc.
Katie Enright is the firm’s only in-house designer and is responsible for all branding, adverts and multi-media throughout Flint Bishop. Katie has been with the business for over seven years. Katie completed her honours degree in product design, innovation and marketing in 2000.
Richard Woodward is a Solicitor in the firm’s largest department; CDR. He graduated from the University of Derby in 2004 with a 2:1 in law. Richard is works for clients on disputes in a range of areas including contract, probate, property and insurance with varying degrees of complexity and value.
Other members of the firm that have graduated from University of Derby include Rachel Allsopp, a Will writer reporting to Claire Rudkin; Freya Bradley and Heidi Korman, who are both paralegals in the Commercial Property department at the firm; and we currently have four paralegals in the firm’s multi-award winning, leading Debt Recovery department. They are working on major household named clients and reclaiming debts across businesses whose turnover exceeds £100m.
Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner comments “The University of Derby is committed to the success of its students and this is evidenced in the capabilities of some of our most senior members of staff. Not only do we continue to reach out to the University when we are recruiting, we are currently looking at a number of opportunities to support its students further. We have partnered with the University across the Law School and the Business School, as well as requesting the support of the lecturers and staff at the University to mentor our own employees within the business.
The new building at One Friar Gate Square seems the most appropriate place for their students to be situated as they are surrounded by some of the largest and leading law firms in the region. We welcome their move to one of the most distinctive buildings in Derby and wish them all the very best as they settle into their new home. I’m convinced some of the new intake of students this coming September will be amongst our staff in the future and wish them all the very best.”