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Alex E

Law School Attended

Solicitor | DAC Beachcroft

Profile Highlights:

  • First generation lawyer
  • LGBT+
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I qualified in March 2019 at DAC Beachcroft LLP having undertaken a training contract with the firm. I am part of the firm’s Professional & Commercial Risks team based in the Bristol office specialising in defending professional negligence claims brought against a wide range of professionals.

I have been impressed during my time at the firm at the efforts taken to ensure that it retains an inclusive and diverse culture. In particular, Spectrum, LGBT & Allies employee network, which is open to all colleagues regardless of sexual orientation, which is a champion of LGBT issues.

Prior to working for DAC Beachcroft LLP, I studied chemistry at Durham University and then completed the GDL and LPC at the University of Law.

I appreciate the hurdles which applicants face on the often long journey to securing a training contract. For me, I found the opportunities to obtain informal work experience challenging, being a first generation lawyer in my family and without the connections to the legal profession. However, this did not dissuade me from my goal of entering the profession and during my time at the University of Law I participated in a variety of pro bono activities, including volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau to build on my experiences.

On reflection, the best advice to anyone considering a career in law is to be prepared for rejections, as it is all part of the process. Also be prepared to go the extra mile and take full advantage of extra-curricular activities offered at university and beyond so that you can demonstrate your strengths during the application process. Through perseverance and determination you will be able to achieve your goal.

I am happy to be able to help others as a Professional Ambassador and to share my experiences. If you have any queries please get in touch.

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