Robert Houchill, senior paralegal in our Immigration department, has become the first person to qualify as a solicitor through the method of ‘equivalent means’. This exacting process involved providing a considerable amount of evidence to the SRA that through his work, he had achieved the same standard as somebody completing a traditional training period.

Robert’s work focuses predominately on corporate immigration and he has advised a wide range of clients, from small and medium-sized enterprises to FTSE 100-listed companies.

Martin Bunch, managing partner, commented, “BWB is a firm that is open to new and innovative ways of working; as an ABS, we employ people from different backgrounds and believe that this diversity makes us stronger. It is important that there are varying routes to qualification so that the profession can attract a wide range of excellent candidates. I particularly hope that in due course this route may also assist the profession to widen participation and increase diversity. We recognise that traditional routes are not the only way into a successful career in law, and we congratulate Robert on this achievement.”

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Posted on 16/04/2015 in BWB News

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