Emmanuel Olawore 

I am a LLB Law graduate from the University of Hull, and a recent LLM graduate from UCL. I obtained a training contract at DLA Piper following a vacation scheme with the firm and look forward to starting in 2019.
Aspiring Solicitors has undoubtedly been instrumental in my development, having been invited to participate in a number of open days, lectures from BAML representatives and the Barclays Legal Experience Week. In addition, I have had the opportunity to receive invaluable assistance from not only from Chris and Gemma, but also through mentorship obtained via the Aspiring Solicitors Network.

As someone of Nigerian descent, the lack of black, Asian and minority ethnics in the legal profession has been something that has particularly stood out to me, especially in light of the commercial fact that a diverse workforce allows for the introduction of different perspectives, and can thus help bring new and creative solutions to complex issues. This view of diversity is something that is pivotal as it places weight on what each individual has to offer and thus encourages everyone to be themselves regardless of their environment, race, gender, disability or any other characteristic.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to become a member of the Junior Advisory Board as not only is Aspiring Solicitors an organisation which is keen on making a difference, but an organisation that has already started doing so. Subsequently, I also look forward to assisting members on the development of their legal careers and assisting with various Aspiring Solicitors initiatives.