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Found everything regarding employment advice excellent and wouldn’t hesitate to use the company again in future if needed.

I found the discussion and guidance helpful, simply but authoritatively put with some humour which helped in the circumstances. Impressed with Mr Gibson’s listening skills.

I thought that Sally was extremely professional, compassionate and understanding. She certainly was with me every step of the way through a very difficult time and I can’t thank her enough.

Excellent throughout.

Excellent service throughout.

Very pleased with the advice I received and will use Samuel Phillips again, it was a pleasure dealing with them.

I found everyone very helpful. My calls were promptly returned and I felt I was fully informed of how things progressed.


Brilliant, thank you for being able to complete on this sale that quick!

I’ve never seen a sale for a property that large go through within that a short amount of time.

Sophie Adcock, Walton Robinson in response to work undertaken by Partner, Chris Anderson

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unfailing kindness and patience in dealing with this case.  I appreciate the time and care which you have devoted to keeping me so well informed at every stage of the proceedings and the reassurance that this has given me.

I would just like to say a big thank you to Alan.  He kept me up to date and never made me feel like I was a problem whenever I phoned up to ask any questions.

Thank you for an excellent service.  I have been very satisfied and hope to contact you in due course to arrange drawing up a will.

Alan provided a friendly and very professional level of service throughout.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Shirley and Robert for all your help and support.  I know you must have many cases to deal with yet I felt as though you were always giving me 100% in both guidance and honesty.  I will not hesitate to use your services again and I will recommend Samuel Phillips to anyone who needs a professional, yet friendly law firm.

Academy Conversion

After careful consideration and a thorough tendering process we decided to appoint Samuel Phillips as our chosen solicitors, to take us through the academy conversion process.  We have been more than pleased with the excellent service we have received from this fine firm.  They have been with us at every stage of the way and they have impressed us with their knowledge professionalism and personalised service.   I can fully recommend them without any hesitation.

Kevin Thompson, Head Teacher – KTS Academy

We had an excellent working relationship with the Team from Samuel Phillips from the outset of our conversion journey.  Every member of the team, without exception, were personable and professional and every query, however small, was promptly dealt with.  Special mention must be made of David Laud, who worked tirelessly on our behalf throughout the whole process. The firm instils an air of confidence through their exemplary work ethic and I am looking forward to continuing our relationship with Samuel Phillips to further support our Academy. Highly commendable!

Bernadette Dolan, Head Teacher – New Seaham Academy

The team at Samuel Philips worked closely with myself, Sharon Wright, Head teacher and Christine Dodd, Office Manager to have a smooth transition to Academy status.  We “interviewed” other firms but found Samuel Philips personable and approachable. We chose to use a local firm to take us through the conversion process, that understood our values and aims and where we wanted to be. They were an integral part of the conversion process. We hope to maintain the close working partnership as we move forward in a position of strength.

Glenda Wood, Director – Holley Park Academy

Nunthorpe Primary Academy converted to an Academy, as planned on June 1st 2014.  Working with Samuel Phillips, in particular with Chris Anderson & David Laud, has taken the pressure off staff at Nunthorpe.

The conversion process is a daunting task but the reassurance and guidance offered by Samuel Phillips has ensured that the process was as smooth as it could possibly be.  Our project was managed by David Laud who offered professional yet friendly support at all hours of the day, and night!  This approach has led to the beginning of a great professional relationship.  We always aimed to convert on June 1st and through careful planning this has been achieved.  Throughout the process both David and Chris have offered guidance and practical advice to staff and the Governing Body; through attending meetings to provide information and clarity.  This ensured that everybody was fully involved and informed at all stages and understood their role within the changes.  I can honestly say that were never any surprises as information was always provided in a timely manner to ensure that the increase in work load that conversion can lead to was always planned and prepared for.

Alexa O’Gara, Head Teacher, Nunthorpe Primary Academy 

The priority for the Governors and leadership team of Normanby Primary school was to secure conversion to Academy status on time and with minimal disruption to the working life of the school.

Samuel Phillips were awarded the contract to act as the schools solicitors because they offered a level of service that promised both professional support and individual response should issues arise.  Samuel Phillips delivered on both accounts. Having a single point of contact made a huge difference to the school; inevitable issues presented by converting were dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.  I would recommend them without hesitation.

Carl Faulkner, Head Teacher, Normanby Primary


New Exciting Opportunity


Paralegal/ Secretary

Samuel Phillips Law Firm is very interested to hear from ambitious legal secretaries who have experience of litigation both personal and commercial and also ideally worked on employment law related matters.

The successful candidate will also be actively working alongside the solicitors, as the job description suggests, they will take a more active role in cases.

This a flexible part time role in that it is Monday to Friday (up to 21 hours per week) to suit the circumstances of the candidate as long as the time worked falls within the core office hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Key attributes:

  • Team player
  • Organised
  • Typing speed min 60 wpm
  • Inquisitive nature, wanting to learn and develop
  • Sense of humour

If you have these attributes don’t hesitate to send a copy of your CV

along with a covering message to

closes 30.6.17 – STRICTLY NO AGENCIES

Training Contracts


We recruit trainees two years in advance of the commencement of a training contract.

We have recruited Trainees up to and inclusive of September 2016 so we will not be looking to recruit again until the Summer of 2016 and we cannot accept applications which are not received between 1 July to 31 August for a Training Contract in September 2017. Any such applications received outside this period we will be unable to take forward.

Please note that if you do make an application inside the relevant period, if you do not hear from us it will be because unfortunately you have not been successful on that occasion.

We will advise potential interviewees before the end of October in any given year.

Your Training

Trainees are given a textured training contract to give a real breadth of experience in each of the clinical negligence, family, non-contentious and civil litigation departments. Each possessing ‘specific strengths’ and ‘all doing things slightly differently’

You spend 6 months in each department. Where possible in your 4th seat you will enter the seat you wish to specialise in on qualification.

Great emphasis is placed on your training with day-to-day feedback, monthly assessments and thorough end of seat appraisals in place to develop your career.

An open door policy is adopted to highlight that all our staff (including our Partners) are there to support our trainees and are easily approachable.

The firm is committed to regular training sessions through weekly DVD training and various talks and seminars.

“If you’re looking for a legal life in the North East you could do no better” (Chambers and Partners Guide)

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for a Training Contract please forward your CV and covering letter to:

Ms Jennifer Goldstein
Gibb Chambers
Samuel Phillips Law Firm
52 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Work Experience

We offer a small number of work experience placements. We only accept applications in the period of the 1st January to 1st February in any given year for placements from the 1st March to 31st December. Any applications received outside the period 1st January to 1st February are disregarded. We do not respond to applications unless we offer a placement.

Samuel Phillips & Co was established by Mr. Samuel Phillips in 1920 at 86 Pilgrim Street when the office was a small part of the building. Samuel Phillips moved to larger and more prestigious premises at Gibb Chambers, 52 Westgate Road in 1998.

Initially, the firm concentrated on conveyancing, probate and general family work, but in the last 20 years there has been very considerable expansion and the firm now holds a reputation for specialism in a number of important fields of law, including clinical negligence and medical law, family and child care law, civil litigation, employment law, commercial law, as well as continuing to handle core, private and business client matters.

The firm continues to expand and in April 2005 merged with Jesmond practice E.J. Pybus reinforcing its reputation for expert legal services delivered in a professional and reliable manner.

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