A FORMER University of Reading Law student began this week as a qualified solicitor, after completing her training contract with leading Reading-based law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP, which also offices in Henley-on-Thames.

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Sophie gained A*AA in her A Levels at The Henley College in 2013, before going on to study Law at the University of Reading, where she obtained a 2:1.

Sophie was previously a pupil at Langtree School in Woodcote.

She has joined the firm’s busy and growing Probate, Tax & Trusts team, in which she spent 12 months of her training contract, and she will be based in Blandy & Blandy’s Henley-on-Thames office at 24 Thameside.

She said: “I applied for a training contract at Blandy & Blandy because of its fantastic reputation and I am delighted to be joining the firm’s leading private client team.

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"My experience of training here has been an excellent and enjoyable one and I am greatly looking forward to developing my experience as a solicitor at the firm.”

Partner Caroline Casagranda added: “Congratulations to Sophie on her qualification – we are very pleased to welcome her to our team and to our growing Henley office.”

Sophie has previously returned to both the College and the University to share her experience and insights with students considering a career in Law.

Blandy & Blandy is recognised as a top tier firm of solicitors in both of the UK’s leading guides to the legal profession, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, and recently celebrated its 285th anniversary.