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Harkiran H

Partner | Kirkland & Ellis

Profile Highlights:

  • State school educated
  • Low income family
  • First generation to go to university
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I have been a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration team in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis since 2010.

I was quite set on the idea of becoming a solicitor from quite a young age. As the child of immigrants from India, my parents were keen for me and my siblings to get a good education, attend university and become professionals.  They believed, as many immigrants do, that this would provide us with the stability and financial security that they had come in search of to the UK.

I am the first generation from my family to attend university and the first solicitor in my family.  After graduating from University College London, I went on to do my LPC at BPP Law School.  I applied for a training contract with US law firm Shearman & Sterling (“Shearman”).  The format of the training contract offered by Shearman appealed to me, as the trainee intake was just 5 trainees.  I was keen to do magic circle quality work but in a smaller office.  The training contract at Shearman gave me a great foundation in working in a city law firm.  There I qualified into the arbitration team.  I moved to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP (“Kirkland”) when I was one year PQE.  This was an exciting opportunity for me, as I would be a team of two partners and two associates setting up the Litigation and Arbitration practice in the London office of Kirkland.  This move afforded me the opportunity to do really high quality work at a relatively junior level.  I have now been at Kirkland for almost 13 years and I still enjoy the work I do and enjoy working with the team – though now it is a lot larger than 4 lawyers!

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