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Elspeth

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Trainee Solicitor | Stephenson Harwood

Profile Highlights:

  • State school educated
  • First generation lawyer
  • LGBT
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I am a trainee at Stephenson Harwood. I obtained my training contract after completing a winter vacation scheme at the firm in the final year of my history degree at UCL.

I am an out and proud bisexual woman who comes from rural Cambridgeshire, and is state school educated. I am the first person in my family to become a lawyer, and the first person to even work in the city!

Having completed work experience at a local high street firm during sixth form, I knew I wanted to become a solicitor, but I had to work hard to get the experience to make that a reality. Aspiring Solicitors was an incredible lifeline in helping me find good, informative legal work experience, which not only boosted my CV, but more importantly; boosted my confidence.

During the summer of my second year of university, I completed two weeks of work experience with the help of Aspiring Solicitors. I spent one week with the in-house legal team at Laing O’Rourke, and another week with the in-house legal team at Barclays. These experiences were incredibly insightful and informative, confirming that I wanted to be a commercial solicitor. Throughout my second year I also attended 12 different open days at silver circle and city firms to get a better insight into the life of a commercial solicitor.

Aspiring Solicitors gave me the opportunities, support, and guidance to succeed in securing a training contract. I have continued to work closely with AS, as a professional ambassador and by assisting at events since I gained my training contract. I honestly do not think I could have gotten my training contract without their support. Consequently, I would be more than happy to help any prospective applicants, and answer any questions you may have about the experience of applying, and securing, a training contract.

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