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Ben C

Trainee Solicitor | Shoosmiths

Profile Highlights:

  • Low income family
  • First generation lawyer
  • First generation in family to attend university
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I am a third-seat trainee solicitor in the Corporate department at Shoosmiths, having completed 6 month seats in Banking and Real Estate. I joined Shoosmiths in September 2017 following completion of my degree and LPC.

After work experience at the age of 15 working alongside the court clerk in Crawley Magistrates Court, there was no other option but to pursue a career in law. However, being the first in my family to go to university and having no family-member or family-friend within the legal industry, achieving this seemed an impossible and daunting task.

My whole education up to (and including) A-Levels was spent in the State system whilst juggling paid-work from the age of 13. I then went to the University of Exeter to study Law before completing the LPC with BPP in London (Holborn).

The hardest thing about embarking on a career in law, particularly at university, can be finding the balance between studying, socialising and part-time work (not to mention sleep or when to fit in the latest episode of Suits) and if you throw vacation scheme / training contract applications into the mix as well, something has to give! As someone who faced these issued relatively recently, I feel in a great position to help you along the journey.

I’ve now moved to the Reading area and thoroughly enjoying my time at Shoosmiths. The firm is genuinely friendly and the open-plan offices ensure there is no ‘hierarchical’ feel. I’m proud to work for a firm committed to breaking down social barriers as shown by the high percentage of female associates and partners.

If you want to pursue a career in law, your background should not hold you back. It seems only yesterday that I was worrying about how to get into a career in law and my aim is to help many of you through this process.

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