Law Firm Offering Bursary To Local Student

Stephen Jones 2016

Published at 6:57am 21st September 2016.

Dorset firm Kitson & Trotman is offering a £1,000 bursary to help a local student with their law studies.

Dorset firm Kitson & Trotman is offering a £1,000 bursary to help a local student with their law studies.

The offer is being made to coincide with the opening of the law firm's new office in St Albans Street in Weymouth, where local solicitor Stephen Jones is at the helm.

The bursary will be available to Year 13 students who are planning to study law at University and who are currently attending secondary school in Weymouth or Portland or studying at Weymouth College.

Kitson & Trotman, which also has offices in Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis, was founded in 1756. The firm advises on all legal matters including property, wills and probate, business, family, dispute resolution and agriculture.

Partner Richard King said: "We are very much involved in the local community and we sponsor various events, including Buckham Fair, Bridport Literary Festival, Melplash Show and the Beaminster Festival.

"In opening the new office at Weymouth, we are keen to show our support for young people in the town, especially as solicitor Stephen Jones has lived here all his life and decided upon a career in law after being inspired by an open evening at Weymouth College."

Stephen, 54, is Weymouth born and bred and describes the town as 'part of me'.  The bursary is very special to him and resonates with his own experience as a teenager.

"I left school with only a few qualifications and went to a talk at Weymouth College by a lawyer, coincidentally called Mr Jones," Stephen said.

"He inspired me there and then to study Law and within two years I had turned my life around and was Student of the Year. I got a distinction in my course and received a cheque for £16 from Lloyds. It was a lot of money back then and helped me believe I really could achieve."

Stephen went on to Cardiff University and qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and returned to Weymouth. He became a University Law Examiner in 2002 and still works as a tutor.

"It was Mr Jones who made me think, 'I don't want to do maths and science like my dad and brothers and sisters. I want to be a solicitor. ' I still love the law. Every day there's something different.

"I deal with all sorts of events in people's lives from writing a will to buying a property. I'd encourage students to find something they really want to do and realise if they commit themselves they will achieve it. I'm living proof you can make it happen."

Another Kitson & Trotman solicitor, Tracy Scammell, did not follow a conventional career path. Tracy began life at the firm as a secretary and worked her way up to become Partner.

"I had absolutely no intention of working for a law firm when I went to St. James' Secretarial College at Bradpole.  I was offered three jobs - the bank, secretary to the Chairman of the Horserace Totalisator and secretary to the litigation partner at Kitson & Trotman.  

"I was very tempted to accept the job that involved horse racing as horse riding was, and, is my passion.  However, I felt the position at Kitson & Trotman would be an interesting challenge and then to keep my horses a separate hobby."

Tracy became very interested in her work and, with the encouragement of the firm, trained to become a Legal Executive before converting to Solicitor.  She recalls: "It was extremely hard work, especially when working at the same time as studying but was enormously satisfying to have passed all the final exams and subsequently qualifying as a Solicitor in October 1992."

Tracy was offered a partnership in 1996 and is the first - and still the only - female Partner in the firm of Kitson & Trotman for almost quarter of a century.  

Partner Richard King said: "We wanted to assist someone who might otherwise have not been able to pursue a career in Law. I hope this bursary encourages someone at the start of their career to think about becoming a lawyer and plays a small part in realising their dream."


How To Apply

To apply for the Kitson & Trotman £1,000 bursary students must be in year 13 (Upper Sixth) and attend a secondary school in Weymouth and Portland or study at Weymouth College. They should say in 500 words why they want to be a lawyer and email it to by 31 October.  

The winner will be announced on 30 November on twitter @kitson_trotman and Facebook.

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