Professional Ambassadors

Steven R

Associate | RPC

Profile Highlights:

  • First generation solicitor
  • Ethnic minority
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I am very happy to be an Aspiring Solicitors Professional Ambassador because I do not want others to face the same access-related problems I had when considering a career in law. I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick and decided relatively late during my time there that I wanted to be a lawyer. Unfortunately, neither I nor my family knew any lawyers so it was difficult to obtain an accurate ideal of what life as a lawyer would be like. I was fortunate enough to be able to rely on careers events at university and the knowledge of friends but not everyone will have the same opportunity to do so.

In addition to the reason given above, the reason I am passionate about initiatives to improve diversity is because the legal profession will be a better place once it is more diverse. Among other things, it will allow individuals irrespective of background to fulfil their potential, safe in the knowledge that they too have a place in this community.

In terms of my background, my parents were born and raised in Sri Lanka and we are Tamil. Neither of them had the opportunity to go to university so I was the first person in my family to do so. After my undergraduate degree at Warwick, I completed my GDL at BPP University. I then took five months off to teach debating and public speaking. Thereafter, I completed my LPC at BPP before starting and completing my Training Contract at Herbert Smith Freehills. I had a great (but challenging!) two years there including a secondment in Singapore. On qualification, I moved to RPC where I am a member of our Disputes practice.

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