Leeds Legal was delighted to welcome the twenty five year old trainee lawyer to Leeds as part of its programme to forge stronger links with lawyers and businesses in Europe and further afield.
During his month-long placement in Leeds, Yúfera split his time between hosting and mentoring firms Ward Hadaway, DWF and Shulmans, who employ some of the finest corporate and commercial lawyers from the best law firms in the north.
Alejandro Yúfera commented on his placement: “Coming to Leeds and spending time working in a variety of successful law firms has been a fantastic opportunity for me. The experience has not only helped improve my English, but also introduced me to English legal terminology and enabled me to meet many young lawyers like myself, who I hope to keep in touch with.
“In addition to the contacts I have made, it has been interesting to see how UK law firms operate in comparison to Spain. For example, gaining experience working in litigation is something I would never have been able to do in Barcelona as this is a very separate department and not as accessible as in the UK. I would hugely recommend this experience.”
Alan M. Baker, Chairman of Leeds Legal, added: “We were thrilled when we heard the President of the Barcelona Bar’s son had chosen Leeds to carry out his work placement as it emphasises our strong, proactive relationship with Barcelona.
“This relationship is helped by our partner organisations, particularly UKTI, and has seen us take a delegation of lawyers from Leeds to Barcelona for the Trade Fair of the Legal Profession in Europe and the Mediterranean Arch and also host them in our city in return. Ultimately, it has led to a successful joint application for EU funding of a unique exchange program.”
Alejandro’s visit is not part of the EU funding but is the first of the exchange in advance of the formal scheme due to start February 2012.