I am a Trainee Solicitor at TLT’s London office, having started my training contract with the firm in March 2023. Prior to TLT, I was a Compliance Analyst on Barclays graduate scheme for 18 months.

Aspiring Solicitors were instrumental to getting my foot in the door in the City. Their open days with partner law firms and their application workshops equipped me with the tools I needed to improve my applications and become a strong candidate for interview.

As a first-generation immigrant from Somalia who attended a state school in London, I am the first generation of my family to attend university. Growing up, I didn’t know a single lawyer or anyone that worked in the City, which is common for people from working-class backgrounds.

Providing access to diverse talent is important to me as, throughout my life, I’ve known people who were incredibly talented but didn’t have the network, opportunity or support to nurture their growth and career ambitions.

From a commercial perspective, diversity is important as there is a giant pool of incredible untapped talent that would make an invaluable contribution to the Legal sector.

I have been lucky enough to face numerous setbacks, rejections and obstacles. I say lucky because failure has taught me where I needed to develop and has blessed me with the knowledge to prevent others from making the same errors.

As an AS Mentor, I am keen to help improve social mobility and diversity within the legal profession, and I am happy to provide application, CV and interview support to AS mentees who are navigating the competitive, and often confusing, graduate market. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about working at TLT or generally about pursuing a career in commercial law.

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