I was born and bred in Birmingham and was the first in my family to go to university, studying Law with a year abroad at Warwick University and Monash University, in Australia. Growing up, I had very little exposure to corporate careers, having come from a single parent, ethnically diverse background, and neither I, nor my family really knew anyone that worked in London. It wasn’t until I got to university and spoke to lawyers at open days and events on campus that I realised that there were so many people that looked like me, spoke like me, and had similar backgrounds to me. I was offered a training contract with Travers in my final year. During my training contract, I rotated around the Investment Funds, Commercial/IP, Private Equity and Employment departments, qualifying into Private Equity in September 2023.

Deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life when you’ve just left school or university is daunting. Whilst there have been efforts in recent years to “demystify the city” via CSR and outreach initiatives, it’s impossible to really know what a career in law looks like until you find lawyers that you’re able to ask difficult questions to, and receive honest answers from. My motivation for being an AS Mentor is to hopefully be that person and bridge that gap for aspiring solicitors. One of the major things that lawyers do is solve problems, which is why I think diversity of thought, background and experiences is so vital, and should be seen as an opportunity rather than a barrier for young people.

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