Having gone to school in India, I moved to the UK to study law on a scholarship. Following my undergraduate degree, I pursued my masters degree (in international commercial law) and then decided to take a break from the industry to pursue climate change and sustainability consulting. After working in consulting for a year, I decided I wanted to go back to law, applied to various firms (as an Aspire candidate!) and decided Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was the perfect fit for me. I am a second seat trainee in the corporate department at the firm having completed my first seat in the finance transactions department focusing on asset and structured finance.

As an Indian born, internationally educated woman who is a first generation lawyer from a lower socio-economic background, diversity is extremely important to me. As an immigrant from another country, whilst applying for law firm applications, I had not come across many individuals in high positions in the legal industry that represented a little bit of me. That is why being an Aspire candidate was extremely influential for me. Not knowing where to begin, how to go about things or whom to approach, Aspiring Solicitors helped me go to various open days, and networking events to see that the legal industry was not something that was out of reach. This was paramount in my receiving a training contract and choosing a firm where I enjoy working as my most authentic self. Having had this experience so far and knowing the importance of diversity it would be wonderful to be a part of the Aspiring Solicitors team and help create further space for more bright minds with a variety of different strengths.

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