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Exceptional student wins law prize....

An “exceptional” young woman from County Durham has been named one of the top law students in the region.

Emma Wood, 21, has been awarded the Morton’s Solicitors Prize for her Outstanding Achievement in Law after graduating from the University of Sunderland with a First Class degree this week.


She said: “I was over the moon to find out I had won the Morton’s Solicitors Prize".

“I have absolutely loved my time at Sunderland, I have made so many fantastic friends, particularly through taking part in the Sunderland Student Law Clinic.”

The Sunderland Law Clinic, based at the University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, is a unique innovation which operates like an ordinary solicitor’s practice. Law students offer free and professional legal advice, focusing on areas where people may find it difficult to find or afford other legal services, shadowed by experienced solicitors.

“The lecturers are truly excellent,” added Emma, from Horden in County Durham. “They have an open door policy, and have given me a huge amount of support and encouragement. I wish I could do it all over again and I would highly recommend Sunderland to anybody considering doing a law degree.”

Dr Ben Middleton, Head of Law at the University of Sunderland, said: “Emma is a worthy winner of the Morton’s award and has performed exceptionally across her law degree. Her top first class marks are a testament to her hard work, commitment and ability.

“The University and Morton’s Solicitors have built a strong partnership over the years. Involvement of leading law firms in our courses is critical and is a large factor in our outstanding graduate employment statistics.”

Last year almost 80% of Law graduates from the University of Sunderland were in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduation.

The University of Sunderland’s Graduation Ceremonies are estimated to bring £1 million annually to the region and are attended by over 11,000 students, family,
friends and supporters.

Articles by Sunderland University - Media Contacts: Tony Kerr 0191 515 2099, Helen Franks 0191 515 3276 or Jane Peverley 0191 515 3219. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our very own Claire Truscott is running for a great cause...

Claire Truscott, Director, is running this year's Great North Run for an incredible cause.  Read Claire's story at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claire-downs5?utm_id=25.


If you would like to join us in supporting Claire any donation is welcome, no matter how small.


Welcoming a new trainee to Mortons

Nicola joined Mortons in April 2016 following the completion of her Law Degree at the University of Sunderland and subsequently the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University.  

Nicola has spent time in our Private Client Department gaining a wealth of knowledge in matters such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Asset Protection Trusts, further affairs of the Elderly Client and also gained knowledge in conveyancing.  Nicola has now been accepted by the firm as a Trainee Solicitor and will continue her training in all areas of our firm.

Andrew Simpson, Director said "Nicola has proved herself to be a valuable member of the team and we are delighted to be in a position to appoint Nicola the role of Trainee Solicitor to continue in her training to be a fully qualified Solicitor".

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