Layla Cakmak is a trainee solicitor undertaking her final seat in the family team in Manchester. She is due to qualify in March 2019.
Layla is specialising in children matters representing local authorities, parents and interveners in both private and public law matters. Layla is working on multifaceted cases involving fatal non-accidental injuries, serious non accidental injuries, domestic violence, sexual violence against children, FGM, drug and alcohol misuse and serious neglect. Layla also assists a number or partners and solicitors in dealing with all matters including cases in the High Court. Layla also conducts her own advocacy on behalf of her clients. She is supervised by Victoria Gethin.
Layla studied law at The University of Hull where she achieved a second class LLB (honours) degree. Whilst at university Layla was awarded the winner at Hull University Legal Client Interviewing Competition 2009. Layla was also the captain and coach of the University of Hull netball squad team.
Layla proceeded to complete the Bar Vocational Course at Inns of Court London in 2010. Whilst completing the Bar Vocational Course Layla secured an outdoor clerking role working directly for renowned barrister Robert Rinder. Layla proceeded to complete her legal practice course part-time at BPP Law School Manchester whilst completing her training contract at Stephensons.
Layla joined the firm as a law costs draftsman in 2011 and joined Stephensons’ private costs team in 2016. Layla secured a training contact in September 2016 and completed her first two seats supervising the low value private costs team. Layla specialised in defendant costs negotiation, advising private clients, drafting technical points of dispute and Part 36 offers, reviewing points of reply and provisional assessments. Layla also conducted her own advocacy where possible.
Layla’s second seat was in the dispute resolution team whereby she spent time in the contract team and the land department specialising in breach of contract, misrepresentation, rights of way and boundary disputes. Layla also has experience of dealing with inheritance disputes.
Layla’s third seat was in the commercial property department. Whilst in this department Layla gained experience in dealing with commercial and residential sales and purchases, lease extensions, registrations, licence to assign, deed of warranty, auctions and an assent of a property. Layla advised commercial client’s on issues relating to right to buy and right to acquire sales. Layla was invited to present to a local business forum whereby she introduced the group to the firm and the success of the property team who were awarded winners of the Modern Law Conveyancing Property Team of the Year Award 2018 for their work in social housing sector.