Trainee solicitor | RPC
- First generation lawyer
- State school educated
I started my training contract at RPC in September 2018, after working at the firm for a year as a claims handler. I graduated from the University of Reading in 2013 and completed my LPC at the University of Law in 2014. I am pansexual and non-binary trans masculine. I am the first person in my family to attend university or seek a law career.
As an internal candidate for a training contract, I had already experienced how supportive and open RPC was to people from all walks of life and this was a determining factor in my application. I was newly out about being transgender when I started at the firm in September 2017 and was fairly apprehensive. I need not have been as RPC is a firm which values difference and recognises the strengths this brings.
I have a particular interest in employment and discrimination law. At RPC I am on the committee for the firm’s LGBT network, RPC RAIN. I am also on the committee for PROUDBristol, a professional LGBT network based in Bristol.
Although not disabled myself, I have advocated for people who are both personally and as a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor while I was at university. I am currently a member of the disability workstream at RPC.
Visibility is vital.
Many of us have faced barriers based on who we are. Positive and visible action is needed to counter this. This is not tokenism, but removing roadblocks which disproportionately affect specific groups of people. You do not need to fit a narrow mould to be a great lawyer.