Solicitor | Shoosmiths
- State school educated
- First generation lawyer
- First generation to go to University
I studied law at the University of Birmingham. My parents didn’t attend University and I am the first in my family to pursue a legal career.
I graduated in 2013 and had not yet secured a training contract. I applied for paralegal positions in Birmingham and successfully secured a role at Shoosmiths. I was a paralegal in the Asset Finance team which gave me a great insight into what it’s like to work in a law firm. My paralegal role helped me to gain valuable experience and develop key skills which led to my training contract offer in 2014. I continued to work as a paralegal at the firm while I studied the LPC at the weekends.
I started my training contract in September 2016. My first seat was in Real Estate and I’m currently sat with the Corporate team.
I’m passionate about promoting diversity in the legal industry and improving access to legal careers. I regularly volunteer at events aimed at students who are keen to pursue a career in law. I am deputy chair of the BPS Birmingham Advance Committee. We focus on engaging with students who are keen to pursue a career in professional services and provide opportunities for networking and developing those all-important employability skills.
I remember how difficult it can be to get an insight into what a career in law is really like and so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about life as a trainee solicitor!