Solicitor | Pinsent Masons LLP
- State school educated
- Low income family
- First generation lawyer
I came from a low income family (of 5 children), attended a state school in Edinburgh and I am the first person in my family to join the legal profession. From as far back as I can remember I wanted to be a solicitor – I have the primary school year book to prove it!
It was a challenge to get legal work experience without any connections to the legal world. Instead, I worked throughout my time at University doing various jobs including working as a sales assistant, administration assistant, caring for elderly and disabled people, and volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Although these jobs did not provide legal experience I feel that the transferrable skills I learned provided me with an asset which I could offer prospective employers.
I studied Law at the University of Edinburgh graduating in 2013. I took a year out between graduating from the LLB and completing my Diploma. During this year I successfully secured a training contract at Pinsent Masons LLP. I completed my traineeship there and qualified into the Commercial Property team in 2015. I took time out to have a child in 2017 and I now work part time.
I am passionate about increasing access to the legal profession from underrepresented groups, not because they are underrepresented but because a lack of opportunity, contacts, money or any other barrier should not prevent great talent from entering the legal profession. We should not underestimate the importance of having a diverse workforce with a wealth of knowledge and different life experience to bring to the table. A diverse workforce attracts diverse clients and that is surely a win-win situation.
I would love to hear from you if you would like any support or advice.