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Basant E

Solicitor | Pinsent Masons LLP

Profile Highlights:

  • Ethnic minority
  • Religious beliefs
  • Career changer
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I studied law at Cambridge University and, having trained with Pinsent Masons, I qualified into the Firm’s Energy and International Disputes team.

I am Swiss-Egyptian and Muslim and I understand the struggles of pursuing a career in an industry that has traditionally been quite homogenous. Although steps are being taken to improve diversity and inclusion, there is still a lot of work to be done on both institutional and individual levels before we can say that the legal industry is truly inclusive.

I strongly believe that race, ethnicity and religion should not be a barrier to pursuing a career in law. On the contrary, these are strengths that should be valued and leveraged in an increasingly global industry. For example, as an Arabic and French speaker I have been able to expand my network and work on international matters with teams who require these languages and with whom I would not have been able to work with normally. Being multilingual and Swiss-Egyptian has also been an asset in building relationships with clients whose first language is not English or where cultural differences require communication in a different way.

While there are ongoing efforts to improve the industry’s approach to diversity and inclusion, it is important that aspiring solicitors who struggle with race, ethnicity or religious barriers are aware of the advantages they can bring to the legal industry. There is not only a place for diversity in the industry, but a real need for it. I am happy to assist anyone considering a career in law and who is struggling to identify opportunities available to them in the legal industry. Efforts around diversity and inclusion will not be complete without empowered and proactive solicitors who understand that they are needed and can bring a lot to the table.

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