Black Country law firm George Green has been recognised as a leading recruiter of trainee solicitors in a national survey.

The firm was one of only six short listed in the Law Careers. Net Awards in the Best Recruiter Small Firm category, following a survey among more than 2,400 trainee solicitors coordinated by the Trainee Solicitors Group. It was the only Midlands firm short listed in the category.

The survey judged trainee solicitors' impressions of law firms' recruitment pages on their websites and their experiences of applying to and being hired by these firms.

George Green presently has five trainee solicitors among its professional staff of 32 and aims to recruit between one and two new ones each year.

Established in 1897, the firm has offices in Cradley Heath and Halesowen.

According to corporate partner Paul Bennett, who is responsible for recruitment and training programmes, the award underlined the efforts put into being recognised as a leading Midlands law firm, which has made George Green a desirable place to train for young solicitors.

"We set out to demonstrate to potential recruits via our website and other marketing materials why George Green is a good place to work and it has clearly paid off," he said.

"Independent recognition of the quality of the firm through the Legal 500 and Chambers directory helped, but it was the experience of the trainees which counted in the end. This recognition reflects our pre-eminence among firms with less than twenty partners."

In the last edition of Legal 500, George Green was named as one of the top four West Midlands corporate and commercial law firms based outside Birmingham.