Isle of Man: DQ Expands With Two New Trainee Advocates
Last Updated: 24 September 2014

Leading Isle of Man law firm Dougherty Quinn ("DQ") is delighted to announce the arrival of two new trainee advocates. Kirsten Middleton and Jessica McManus were chosen following a rigorous selection process earlier this year.

For the first time, DQ held an assessment day for the shortlisted candidates, with only those making the grade at the assessment day being asked to attend an interview. The Salmon Lake Centre in Laxey turned out to be the perfect venue for this process, with the candidates being asked to take part in a number of exercises throughout the day. The assessment day was run by John Knight, from the Corporate Personal Development arm of The Children's Centre, who was assisted by Juana Warburton. John has vast experience in professional training and mentoring and worked closely with DQ's chief operating officer Paul Blake and head of HR Jo Hill in devising the assessment day.

Kirsten and Jessica were easy choices on the day as making the shortlist to attend interview and impressed in the more formal interview environment. Jo Hill, head of HR at DQ commented:-

"The selection of trainee advocates is a really important process for any law firm. A huge amount of time is invested in these individuals throughout the two year training period and beyond. At DQ, we believe in organically growing our practice and we see today's trainees as our future associates, senior associates and potentially directors. It is therefore imperative that we choose the right people who not only have the academic ability and legal skills to deliver the top quality service we are known for, but also fit culturally into our firm. The decision to embark on an assessment day for the first time was to ensure a more rounded test of the candidates and worked fantastically well in enabling the selection panel to make a balanced, informed decision. It is certainly something we will be repeating in the future."

Kirsten grew up on the Island and was educated at St Ninian's High School. Kirsten completed her MLAW at Northumbria University in June, obtaining an upper second class degree. This course incorporates both the Legal Practice Course and a Masters level qualification. Kirsten had also spent time at DQ as part of our summer work placement scheme, which provides invaluable experience for potential lawyers. Kirsten commented:-

"I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic firm and look forward to gaining invaluable experience from first class lawyers. I am extremely excited to start my legal career and relish the opportunity to develop my skills in the diverse areas of law in which DQ practise."

Jessica is also from the Isle of Man and was educated at Ballakermeen High School before continuing her studies at Lancaster University where she obtained a first class LLB Honours degree. Jessica then gained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Manchester. Jessica commented:-

"I couldn't have hoped for a better firm with which to begin my professional training. It's an exciting time to be joining DQ and I look forward to all the invaluable experience this leading practice can offer as I progress with my legal career."

Tom Maher, DQ's managing director, commented:-

"I am very pleased to welcome Jessica and Kirsten to DQ and I offer them my congratulations on being selected from a large number of high quality candidates who applied for the positions this year. We put a lot of effort into our trainee selection, from our summer placement scheme to the assessment day and interview process, because we understand the importance of ensuring that we get the right people at every level within DQ. We have developed a reputation for providing a "speed and quality of service which cannot be bettered on the Island" (according to leading international directory Chambers Global) and in order to maintain that standard, we ensure that we select the best when recruiting trainees and provide them with a supportive yet challenging environment during their training contract. I wish Jessica and Kirsten all the best for a long, happy and fulfilling career here at DQ.

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