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Michael S

Solicitor | TLT Solicitors

Profile Highlights:

  • First generation lawyer
  • State school educated
  • Previous paralegal experience
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I am a financial services disputes and investigations solicitor with TLT, based in Bristol. I have worked here since 2014, when I moved to Bristol from Plymouth, where I worked as a banking and commercial litigation solicitor for Foot Anstey, the firm at which I trained and qualified. I was new to banking and comlit as a NQ in 2009, having trained in commercial property, corporate, construction litigation and employment. After graduating from Plymouth University, I also spent two years as a conveyancing paralegal at a small but busy practice in Plymouth. As you can see, I was drawn to my home city, and so moving to Bristol to a much larger firm was a big step.

I can’t recall any particular moment that ‘sparked’ my interest in the Law, but when university choices came around, it was the one subject that jumped out as being hugely interesting and appealing. I guess perhaps it is a product of my fascination with people and society in general – the law is perhaps the one thing in our world which permeates every section of society and life.

In addition, I come from a working class, low income background with no history of education beyond the age of 16, and certainly no link with the Law or the Professions. There was an innate drive within me though to tread a different path which perhaps drew me to the Law. I did not have anyone I could really turn to for advice and guidance during those inevitable moments where I wondered if that different path was right for me. Getting into the profession is harder than ever now, and so I’d happily share my thoughts and experiences with those who are just starting out.

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