Legal Director | TLT
- State school educated
- First generation Lawyer
- First generation to university
I am a Legal Director at TLT Solicitors in Manchester. I joined TLT in 2018, before that I was at Pinsent Masons 2016-18 and at DWF 2008-2016.
Like many I am the first generation in my family to go to University and the first to pursue a career in the law.
I attended a State Grammar School which set me up with excellent academic qualifications, but it was difficult not knowing anyone in the profession to gain the experience necessary to stand out from the crowd in either University applications or, subsequently, applications for training contracts.
I attended Sheffield University and would recommend anyone to pursue the full range of options available at University to broaden both your own perspectives and your social circle.
I gained relevant legal experience primarily by working as a paralegal for a year between University and my LPC. There are now more routes to qualification than there were then but I can highly recommend the training contract process for the breadth of experience of diverse practice areas and the range of contacts it gives you on qualification. No career in law is free of risk and you will face many opportunities and decisions when shaping your career. I have managed to juggle those decisions around a busy family life – I am married with 3 children under 5 and a dog and try to balance work and home, which is not always easy to achieve.
I find the law to be a very open profession to all backgrounds, the primary barrier to entry is the intense competition for jobs when starting out which can hamper those with limited contacts within the profession, particularly given the understandable focus on “commercial awareness” when recruiting. There are, however, ways to overcome this and I am happy to provide advice to anyone who faces this challenge.