Law School Attended
Trainee Solicitor | Hogan Lovells
- First generation graduate
- First generation Lawyer
- Non-law student
I am a trainee solicitor at Hogan Lovells, having started my training contract in February 2017 and, after my first six months spent in commercial litigation in London, spent six months in our capital markets team in Paris and, on returning to London will sit in BRI (business restructuring and insolvency) and corporate before qualifying in spring 2019.
I grew up near Newcastle in the north-east of England and was educated at local state comprehensive schools, being the first person in my family to study for A-Levels or go to university. I started at the University of St Andrews in 2010, studying modern languages, and (considering St Andrews doesn’t have a law faculty and I had absolutely no exposure to lawyers growing up) had no concept of law as a career until the summer before my final year in 2014 when, as a summer translation intern and working with lawyers by chance, I first started looking into training contracts. I obtained mine through a direct application (i.e. I didn’t attend a vacation scheme) in January 2015 and then studied my law conversion in Leeds and my Legal Practice Course in London.
As I came to law so late and felt very unprepared for the application process and very unsure of what working as a lawyer entailed, I am eager, through Aspiring Solicitors, to help people who are potentially interested in a career in law but feel overwhelmed by the process of actually getting into the profession, and to encourage applicants that their background, studies or financial means should not be an impediment to getting into law. I believe that by enabling more diverse voices to be heard in the profession we can introduce new ideas and new viewpoints, which will be beneficial for everyone involved.