A legal firm is showing its commitment to the next generation of solicitors by employing a newly qualified lawyer.

Wragg Mark-Bell has retained Laura Jones who has been training with the firm for the last two years.

Laura, 26, has completed the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University which she passed with distinction.

Her interest in law was first sparked when she took a law A level at Workington Sixth Form Centre.

"I am really pleased," said Laura.

"Considering I was studying whilst working full time which often included being on call evening and weekends.

"It was a lot of work and I am very pleased my grades reflect how hard I worked."

Laura took her LPC over two years whilst also completing her training contract with Wragg Mark-Bell.

She specialises in criminal law and has already began representing defendants at Carlisle Magistrates Court.

"I love criminal law because the work is interesting and challenging," she said.

"It’s about real-life problems.

"People think they won’t need a criminal solicitor or be accused of something they haven’t done – until it happens.

"I want to be a really good solicitor continuing to practice in criminal law.”

Senior director at Wragg Mark-Bell, Nick Kennon, said he was delighted that Laura is continuing her career with the firm.

“Laura becomes our fifth solicitor in our team who has had their training here which tells you everything you need to know about our pride in training and offering opportunities to the next generation of solicitors,” he said.

Laura studied law at the University of Cumbria while also working for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Workington, first volunteering and then as a housing caseworker.

"I helped people who were at risk of eviction," she said.

"It was just about being kind and compassionate, anyone can be down on their luck."

Laura lives in Workington and spends her spare time with her two Bichon Frise dogs Duchess and Poppy and rescued Whippet Sophie.