Criminal Defence Solicitor Jade Agheda-Todd joined Howells Solicitors in May 2021 to start a training contract. Two years on and Jade has now qualified as a Solicitor and has become an integral part of the Criminal Defence team.
Prior to joining Howells, Jade had work experience positions in various legal positions in Criminal Defence teams whilst studying for her A levels and law degree.
Jade said, “I knew gaining fee earning experience early on would put me in good stead with finding a training contract after my studies.”
Jade joined Howells Solicitors specifically for the opportunity of a training contract and in May 2023 graduated into the Criminal Defence team.
“What attracted me to Howells was the large crime team and the great reputation the firm had in the area for criminal defence.” Jade said, “I have always wanted to work in criminal defence because no two days are the same, and it’s a very fast paced environment.”
“As a trainee solicitor in a criminal defence department, one day I can be carrying out research to support a senior solicitor in a complex case, or I can be spending twelve hours in the police station as a duty solicitor. The next day I can be shadowing a colleague in court and gaining practical and invaluable experience that will one day be give me the confidence to carry out the job myself.”
On how Jade has found working in Howells as a trainee solicitor, Jade said “The support has been amazing, there is so much trust given from the team and the mentoring opportunities have been endless.”
“I have been entrusted to take on my own workload, attend police stations, court and have covered all areas of crime so far. I have been given such amazing experiences which will enhance my future opportunities, all whilst always being supported. I’m particularly proud of gaining my police station accreditation before commencing my training contract.
Now she has qualified, Jade intends on taking her studies further “After I qualify I plan on gaining my higher rights, so I can represent my clients in the Crown Court and to continue working as a duty solicitor in the police station.” Jade said.
Now a newly qualified Solicitor, Jade remains within the criminal defence team representing and advising clients at police stations and at court.