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Laura Wi

Associate | Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Profile Highlights:

  • First generation to attend university
  • State school educated
  • Non-Russell Group
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I attended a state school that was regularly in special measures and where learning was difficult. After my A-levels, I went to Keele University to study law. I was also the first person in my family to go to university.

After graduating, I worked as a legal secretary whilst doing the LPC part time. A year later, I became a paralegal at Shoosmiths, working in commercial financial services, whilst continuing my LPC studies. After being at Shoosmiths for a year, I was fortunate to secure a training contract with the firm. I carried on in my paralegal role for two years before starting my training contract.

My seats were in construction, restructuring and insolvency, a secondment to Lloyds Bank in London and then corporate.

Qualifying into the pandemic was a challenge but I was offered an NQ position as an insolvency solicitor at another firm. I am now an associate at Squire Patton Boggs in the Birmingham’s restructuring and insolvency team, which I thoroughly enjoy.

I know first hand how difficult achieving your dream of becoming a solicitor can be. I hope to encourage students to pursue a career in law, no matter what hurdles they face, because everyone deserves to achieve their goals and the legal sector will only be improved by having more diversity.

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