New local talent at DQ | Jan 2023

Douglas-based law firm DQ Advocates has announced the appointment of two new trainees. Lizzie Beard has joined the firm as a Trainee Advocate and David Cowin as Trainee Paralegal.

Date: Tuesday 10 January 2023

Lizzie Beard


David Cowin 

Lizzie, who obtained a first-class honours law degree from the University of Liverpool, has already completed her Legal Practice Course (LPC).

She has been recruited following a year at another large Island law firm and will complete her final year of training with DQ’s Dispute Resolution team.

‘Ultimately, I am striving to become a member of the Manx Bar and a practicing advocate,’ Lizzie explained. ‘The team at DQ has been incredibly welcoming and I look forward to gaining experience across a multitude of practice areas that DQ can offer me during my final year of training. Longer term I hope to specialise in Employment Law.

‘It is already apparent to me that DQ supports career progression, as well as development opportunities. I’ve learnt a lot in a short space of time and am excited for this next stage in my career.’

David, who completed his A-levels last summer, is currently undertaking a law degree online with the University of Essex. The undergraduate is working part-time as a Trainee Paralegal whilst he completes his studies.

David said: ‘DQ has provided me with a unique opportunity which allows me to continue my studies whilst gaining on-the-job learning. The plan is that, as I progress through my law degree, my role at DQ will evolve – providing a wider variety of opportunities and challenging tasks. This will give me the chance to practically apply the theory I am learning.’

He continued: ‘Although I am still in the early stages of my degree, I’m looking forward to moving into specific areas of law at DQ and enhancing my knowledge and understanding of the subjects as I study. My long-term ambition is to become an advocate, and DQ is the perfect platform to help me reach this goal.’

Mark Dougherty, Managing Director, added: ‘We are delighted to welcome both Lizzie and David into the DQ fold.

‘Both have already displayed a strong work ethic and a dedication to the practice of law in their studies and training, and with continued nurturing and development, I’ve no doubt they will become valued members of the DQ team.

‘As ever, DQ is delighted to provide a clear pathway to the legal profession for many future generations of lawyers in the Isle of Man.’

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