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Trainee solicitors appointed

Two trainee solicitors have been appointed by legal firm Ellis-Fermor and Negus which has offices in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Potter has been taken on in the probate department at the Ripley office.

Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Jonathan gained a degree in theology from Nottingham University in 2004. He then worked for Grace Church, in the city centre, for four years, working alongside students at the two universities there.

Jonathan recently competed a course at Nottingham Law School to gain a law degree. He lives in Nottingham and still plays a part with Grace Church. He is a Stoke City fan.

He is looking forward to meeting more local people. “Everyone seems friendly,” he said.

Twenty-four-year-old Clare Lancefield has joined the commercial/litigation section of the firm's office in Beeston, where she lives. Originally from Middlesborough, this is her first job since gaining a degree in law from Sheffield University.

Her work involves dealing with commercial property, employment law, and charity law.

In addition, the firm has taken on Jonathan Kerr, 27, as a paralegal – a legal administrator – at its Ripley office.

Fluent in French he has lived in Brussels as well as Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. He gained his law degree from Sheffield University.

A specialist in debt problems and bankruptcy, Jonathan has previously worked for Christians Against Poverty in Bradford.

A keen sportsman, Jonathan enjoys working out at the gym, playing football and performing martial arts. He also plays the guitar and gives lessons.

In addition to Ripley and Beeston, Ellis-Fermor and Negus has offices at Long Eaton and Belper.