I was the first person in my family to go to university and I had no contacts or links with the legal profession. My father was a bricklayer and my mother did a variety of part-time work. I did a non-law degree at the University of Plymouth and fell into a job in administration and marketing before deciding to try and puruse a career in the law in my mid twenties. Rather than a conversion course, I decided to do a law degree through the Open University so I could contnue to work and support my young familiy whilst studyng in the evenings and weekends. I qualified as a soliciitor in my early thirties and am now a Legal Director at a full service national law firm.

I truly believe that anyone, from any backgound, can succeed in the law and the profession is missing out if anyone is put off from pursuing a career due to any real or perceived barriers that are based on anything other than ability and a willingess to work hard and do your best.

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