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John L

Senior Equity Partner | Clyde & Co

Profile Highlights:

  • State School educated
  • First generation lawyer
  • Dyslexic
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Profile:

I grew up in the staunchly working class environment of Deptford and New Cross in south east London. My father was a barber and my mother was a seamstress in a dress-making factory. They were barely literate in English, Greek being their mother-tongue and I was and still am acutely dyslexic. I attended a comprehensive school and out of a cohort of some 300 pupils who joined the school in my first year, I was the only one to go to a university some seven years later. An early career in the Civil Service and later in a telecoms company were ultimately unfulfilling and in my late 20s I undertook a law degree and after many struggles, I came by a training contract at Wedlake Bell. I struggled in my early career, partly because of being a career-changer and partly because of my dyslexia but having found strategies to deal with both I became a partner at Clyde & Co when I was 40 and, this year, celebrate my 20th year at the firm.

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