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Shilpa V

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Senior Associate | Taylor Wessing LLP

Profile Highlights:

  • Working mother
  • First generation lawyer
  • Ethnic minority
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I am a Senior Associate in the Commercial Real Estate Department at Taylor Wessing. I am also mum to a 4 year old boy and a 1 year old girl.

My background is that I was born in London to Indian parents who emigrated to London in the 1970’s from East Africa. I attended school in North London and went on to study Psychology at City University as an undergraduate. Following graduation and prior to starting law school I worked at Clifford Chance for a year.  I secured a training contract at Slaughter and May and subsequently undertook the law conversion course at BPP Law School and the LPC at Oxford Law School. I worked at Slaughter and May between 2004 and 2011, initially as a trainee solicitor and thereafter as an Associate in the Real Estate department. I joined Taylor Wessing as a Senior Associate in 2011.

As someone who is female and from an ethnic background I completely understand and have seen first hand the lack of diversity in the legal profession and how this disparity does not reflect modern society. Society at large benefits hugely from the diversity of its people and it would be fantastic for the benefits of diversity to enhance modern law firms who are increasingly competing in a global market.

I am keen to see the many inequalities in our profession eradicated and am heartened to see the many wonderful and positive steps that are being taken by our firm and the legal profession in general to promote diversity.

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