Solicitor | Pinsent Masons LLP
- First generation lawyer
- State school educated overseas (Trinidad & Tobago)
I graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in European Legal Studies (Law and French) in 2018. After graduation, I attended a two-week vacation scheme at Pinsent Masons after which I accepted a training contract with the firm. After completing the LPC/MSc in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law, I started my training contract at Pinsent Masons at the firm’s Manchester office in 2019. During my training contract, I completed seats in Construction & Engineering, Banking & Debt Finance, Commercial and Employment before qualifying into the Commercial team in September 2021.
As a student from the Caribbean coming to the UK in 2014, I had zero knowledge about law firms or the UK legal industry in general. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I attended various law fairs and slowly built up an understanding of UK law firms and the type of law in which I was interested. Through (admittedly quite a lot of) trial and error, I learnt how to tailor applications to vac schemes/ training contracts at different law firms. In particular, I quickly became acquainted with the extra hurdles that international applicants face such as visa restrictions on attending vac schemes.
Being a member of the LGBT+ community and emigrating from a country in which being LGBT was only recently decriminalised in 2018, I was pleasantly surprised by how inclusive the legal profession is in the UK. I know personally just how hard it is to have to hide your authentic self growing up and, with all of the other stresses of the legal profession, it is not something you want to carry with you into your career.
If you need any advice at all, please do get in touch and I will try to help out in any way I can!