Senior Associate | Dentons
- State school educated
- First generation university
- First generation lawyer
I am a lawyer in the environment and safety team at Dentons, advising on a wide range of areas from pollution liability to incident response, climate change mechanisms, sustainability and renewable energy. My work covers advisory and transactional matters, as well as civil litigation, criminal investigations and prosecutions, judicial reviews and legislative drafting. I have been fortunate to work and travel internationally on some really exciting and cutting-edge projects, including a three month secondment to a client in Paris advising on solar and biotechnology projects.
I grew up in a small seaside town in Norfolk and went to a local state school and sixth form college. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, I chased the big city bright lights, studying Law with French Law at University College London and in Aix-en-Provence, followed by my LPC at the Moorgate College of Law and training contract at Dentons in London.
My parents left school at 15 and 16 and I was the first person in my family to contemplate university or a career in law. Online, at home, school and college, I could find no clear answer on how exactly you become a lawyer. So I focused on my grades, presumed a law degree was required (later discovering it wasn’t), juggled a weird and wonderful range of jobs to pay for it, and worked the rest out along the way.
University interviews opened my eyes to the fact that not being public school educated placed me in a clear minority – my Norfolk twang and lack of any gap year plan or being thoroughly interview “prepped” stood out somewhat. University peers’ full CVs of city law firm work experience gained through family connections rather than the formal application process also made me realise that the playing field was not quite level.
After multiple rounds of open days, applications, interviews, assessment days and a fair few rejections, I managed to secure vacation scheme placements in my third year of university and training contract offers in my fourth year.
I wholeheartedly support the work of Aspiring Solicitors in removing barriers to and increasing diversity in the legal profession. It is a clear virtuous circle – the spectrum of views, values and experiences that diversity brings can only benefit the profession, our clients and the wider economy. Giving everyone an equal chance to find out about and pursue a career in law is also only fair. I am more than happy to share any knowledge and experience I have picked up, and answer any questions you may have about studies, applications, vac schemes, training contracts and beyond. Please do feel free to get in contact!