A new member of staff for Blackstone Solicitors in Hale

Gemma McDonald has joined the leading Hale law firm as a paralegal

Blackstone Solicitors in Hale has a record of nurturing young talent. The most recent success story to come out of the firm is newly appointed paralegal, Gemma McDonald (above with Emma Nawaz). 

Gemma went to school locally, attending Newall Green High School in Wythenshawe and then Xaverian College in Manchester.  She was the first in her family to enter Higher Education, achieving a First Class LLB Honours (Bachelor of Law Degree) at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Gemma initially joined Blackstone Solicitors nine months ago as a temporary Marketing and Legal Secretary providing maternity cover. However, she was so impressive that Blackstone has now offered Gemma, who is just 21,  a full-time role as a paralegal and agreed to fund her Legal Practice Course (LPC), a prerequisite of becoming a solicitor. 

Gemma explains what this involves and what it means to her, “Thanks to Blackstone I can begin the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September at the University of Law, Manchester. I am thrilled to have such an opportunity to study and to train as a litigation paralegal.  Undoubtedly, the mentoring from Emma Nawaz and her team has made this possible. I appreciate the time that Emma has given me and have always been impressed by her ability to juggle her work life balance. I love the tenacious approach of the firm and the social events that I get to attend, such as award evenings.” 

Emma Nawaz commented, “We are delighted to be continuing to support Gemma as she trains for her LPC. Gemma has shown real commitment and has natural ability.  I am a great believer that you never stop learning.  I recently attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business programme. This four-month programme is aimed at equipping business leaders with the skills and tools needed to turn potential growth into real success.  This included some invaluable tips on how to encourage and nurture young talent.  My congratulations to Gemma.” 

Gemma’s appointment is yet another example of Blackstone’s commitment to developing its staff. This commitment was recognised in 2015 when the firm was awarded Excellent standard in Investors in People.  Blackstone was established by Emma Nawaz in 2010 since then the team has grown from Emma and her secretary to a team of 25 which includes 17 women.





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