Associate | Hogan Lovells
- State School educated
- First Generation Lawyer
I qualified as an associate specialising in white collar crime and fraud litigation at Hogan Lovells in September 2017. I studied law at Oxford University, starting my training contract in August 2015. During my training contract, I sat in the pensions, white collar, employment and restructuring and insolvency departments.
I grew up in the valleys in South Wales, attending my local comprehensive school in Pontypridd. I was given little to no careers advice at school; nobody from my school had ever gone on to study at Oxford or Cambridge, and none of my teachers had any advice for me about how to begin a career in law. Similarly, there are no lawyers in my family; I had no connections through which to obtain work experience.
This meant I really didn’t know where to begin when I decided that this was the right career for me. My work experience applying for my training contract was at the local county court and public defender service which I got by handing my CV out around the law offices in Pontypridd; a far flung thing from corporate law.
I had my first introduction to Oxford and Cambridge and life in corporate law by achieving a place on the UNIQ summer schools scheme, a diversity campaign offering me the chance to study at Oxford for a week; during which time I visited Hogan Lovells to attend a negotiation workshop. I joke that I did everything they told me to from there – I plucked up the courage to apply to Oxford, got in, and obtained a vacation scheme place at Hogan Lovells in my second year, following which I received my training contract offer here.
Moving to London from a small town in Wales was an uphill struggle for me. Finding a flat was difficult, having no friends or family to stay with in London. The maintenance grant of £7,000 also made making rent hard during my six month LPC. I juggled credit cards and overdrafts until I got my first pay cheque as a trainee solicitor.
Diversity initiatives are incredibly important to me from both a personal and ideological point of view. I am a firm believer that businesses are only as good as their people; and the best people do not all come from one background. I simply wouldn’t be where I am without diversity initiatives; and would love to give back to them now.