Law School Attended
Trainee Solicitor | Mayer Brown
- First generation lawyer and to attend university
- Non-law graduate
- Mature student
In June 2017 I completed the GDL part-time at BPP University and will undertake the LPC from September 2018 before starting a training contract at Mayer Brown in September 2019.
While studying the GDL, I worked full-time in legal business development for another City law firm in London. For financial reasons I needed to work while studying but this was ultimately an advantage when applying for training contracts. I was also a member of the winning team at the 2017 Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition. This provided the launchpad to attend the vacation scheme from which I was ultimately offered a training contract.
Prior to law, I undertook an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and worked in a supermarket, a call centre, and lastly as a chef to support myself through university. Following this, I worked as a financial analyst and account manager at a financial software company providing investment reporting solutions to large corporates and insurance companies across the world. Dealing with bond prospectuses, compliance documents and financial regulation convinced me to make the switch to law and pursue a career goal I had long-considered.
The legal sector is farther behind than most when it comes to diversity and I found this daunting when initially applying to firms and even still when working in the industry. However, modern consumer culture means clients increasingly care about who they work with, not just the work itself. This means that lawyers with genuine life experience and diverse interests are more interesting to work with and will foster more meaningful relationships with clients over the long term. This provides a stronger foundation upon which good clients are made.
Clients are also changing their needs and the market leaders of tomorrow will not be the same as today. As financial technology companies and other start-ups disrupt the market share of the FTSE 100, lawyers with personality and an appetite to grasp new concepts will be in high demand. As such, those from interesting backgrounds, with knowledge of different industries, will be able to offer invaluable insights for these clients.