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Neila C

Associate | Stephenson Harwood

Profile Highlights:

  • Ethnic Minority
  • State school educated
  • Senior woman in law
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I am a senior associate in Stephenson Harwood’s marine and international trade team. I am originally from Trinidad & Tobago, a tiny beautiful island in the Caribbean. I remember moving to England on a scholarship to complete an LLM at the University of Cambridge and feeling very much like a fish out of water. I spoke too quickly and had a different accent to other students, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the university and felt intimidated by my peers.

Whilst it has been an uphill battle, fast forward a few years later and I now specialise in shipping and international trade disputes at a leading city law firm. I have the privilege of working among great minds and for major clients. I have acted in both high court and arbitration proceedings for a wide-range of commercial clients including offshore construction companies, trading and industrial groups covering coal, oil and biomass as well as international shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, shipyards and ship managers in a broad range of shipping and international trade disputes.

I am delighted to be an Aspiring Solicitors ambassador and to help bring more diversity into the legal sector. Having more and more BAME solicitors will make a huge difference on future generations who will have the opportunity of seeing themselves in these roles. As the American poet and activist, Amanda Gorman recently said “When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it”.

The path will not always be an easy one but giving up is not the solution. Feel free to get in touch for any tips on entering the legal profession.

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