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Keily B

Director - Regulatory and Commercial Disputes | PwC

Profile Highlights:

  • First Generation to University
  • Sex- Senior Women
  • Pregnancy & Maternity (Single Parent)
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I grew up in Dublin, Ireland and wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age. I moved to the UK in order to study Law & Politics at Oxford Brookes University. I had no idea there was even such a thing as the Russell Group when I applied to University and as the first person in my family to go to University my parents were very morally supportive but could offer little in terms of practical advice or guidance. I did not appreciate how competitive it would be to find a training contract and how attending a non-Russell Group University put me at a disadvantage.

At University I realised how passionate I felt about making a difference socially but also that I needed to secure a training contract at a top firm to ensure I got the best possible start to my legal career. I started to actively seek our leadership roles and also took the time to do the things that mattered to me like pro bono work and mentoring. I secured a training contract at Allen & Overy and spent 4 years at the firm before moving to US firm Morrison & Foerster. I have always been a litigation lawyer and my focus is on white collar and regulatory investigations work. I stayed at MoFo for almost 7 years and moved to PwC in January 2017.

At PwC in addition to the day job, I also head up the trainee programme and the pro bono unit. I am always keen to find new ways to be a good corporate and world citizen. I also chair a network for over 600 women u-35 who work in the City. I regularly speak at events about diversity, social mobility and entry into the legal profession. I have two daughters and I balance raising them with my work at PwC. This can be tricky as I am divorced from my ex so it’s just me but I like to keep busy and find that operating at a pace makes me happy.

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