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 then I went on to do Corporate, Commercial Litigation and Regulatory (Business Crime and Compliance).
I qualified into the Regulatory team at Shoosmiths in September 2018 and I regularly advise companies, directors and individuals on regulatory compliance across a range of sectors including health and safety, food safety, product safety, fire safety, healthcare, inquests, environmental matters and anti-bribery and anti-money laundering legislation.
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!