2016-17 Chair's Messenger Article Jan '17



Another round-up of recent MTSG activities along with what we’ve got planned to kick off the New Year with a bang!


The MTSG’s Education Directors have had a busy few months attending careers fairs and presentations around Manchester including events at Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, BPP and The University of Law. This has given us a great opportunity to meet with students and future trainee solicitors, offering them practical advice and guidance on how to secure a training contract and make the most of it once that all important offer comes through. We will also be launching mentoring schemes with The University of Law and BPP to provide ongoing assistance and guidance to students as they start out in the early stages of their careers.

For current MTSG members, we have an advocacy training event planned for mid-December which will be run by the experienced barristers at Deans Court Chambers. This will give our members a unique opportunity to get some personalised advocacy training, as well as general tips on court applications, instructing counsel and the chance to build links with one of the most successful and well established chambers in the North West.

In the New Year, we will be looking to arrange some exciting education opportunities for our membership including an exclusive District Judge shadowing scheme at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre and, for the first time, specialised training for our paralegal membership on securing training contracts after finishing formal education and the different career paths to qualification.

Social and FELT

Keep your eyes peeled for our January Blues event with a sports twist and the usual drinks, food and surprises! The event is set for Thursday 26 January so make sure you keep the night free!

This years’ FELT Christmas event was celebrated in La Vina with a wine tasting fiesta, sponsored by Hays Legal. The attendees were talked through the history of the wine, and tasted a variety of Cavas, reds and whites, which were accompanied by some fantastic Spanish cuisine. The night ended with several sharing paellas for all tastes, followed by several bottles of the ‘favourite’ wine of the evening. A great networking opportunity and a terrific night was had by all!

Up next on the FELT calendar is Junkyard Golf sponsored by G2Legal! Plans are well underway for a great night down at Junkyard Golf, and the attendees will be able to try their hand at crazy indoor mini-golf, with a few drinks thrown in for good measure.


There was an enthusiastic response to the raffle ticket sale at the MTSG Winter Ball, with a grand total of £700 being raised for this year’s nominated charities, Save the Children and Forever Manchester. The lucky winners walked away with prizes including Mrs Brown’s Boys tickets, beauty treatments and restaurant vouchers. We are arranging a number of further fundraising events in the coming months including a cycle-a-thon and the 3 peaks challenge in conjunction with JCI Manchester.

We Ask Our Members

This month, I asked three of our members “What is your New Year’s resolution and why?”

Montarnna Gorringe, Trainee Solicitor at LHS Solicitors: “My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to learn Swedish and to travel to Sweden and try to speak the language. I have family in Sweden and I’ve always wanted to be bilingual. The last language I tried to learn was French when I was 14 and I’m hoping that it goes better this time!

Tracey Tinsley, Trainee Solicitor at Greater Manchester Police: “My New Year’s resolution is to complete a marathon in 2017. It has been a recurring resolution that I’ve yet to complete due to studying or a hectic schedule or falling victim to injury. Next year, I qualify and it will be first time in 4 years that I will have no formal studying to do, so I will have the time to train and actually get to the start line this time!

Danielle Manning, Trainee Solicitor at BLM: “My New Year’s resolutions (when I make them) are usually fairly conventional…adding to the savings pot or expanding the exercise regime (and not the waistline!) Now that I am in the final year of my training contract, this years has to be to successfully secure the role of a fully-fledged solicitor! Fingers crossed…”

Matthew Flanagan

Chair of MTSG

Trainee Solicitor at Turner Parkinson LLP


The Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group provides social, education, sporting and networking opportunities for junior legal professionals in and around Greater Manchester. If you would like to become a member, whether you are a paralegal, prospective trainee, trainee or newly qualified solicitor, please visit the ‘Join Us’ section of our website (www.mtsg.org.uk), contact us via twitter (@mcrtsg) or via the facebook group (MTSG 2016/17). 

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