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Stuart M

Trainee Solicitor | Pinsent Masons LLP

Profile Highlights:

  • State school educated
  • First generation to go to university
  • First generation lawyer
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I am a Trainee Solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP, currently sitting in the Financial Regulation and Investment Funds team.

I completed my undergraduate degree and diploma in professional legal practice at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

By the time I completed my law degree I was unsure whether entering the legal profession was for me. I spent some time travelling around Australia and South East Asia, where I developed a passion for international development. I decided to develop this interest further before starting my training contract, and have been involved in managing and supporting several sustainable development projects in Zambia and Cambodia.

I initially joined Pinsent Masons’ Property team as a Paralegal in 2017. One of the main reasons I applied to work at Pinsents is the value the firm places on encouraging a culture of inclusion. The firm embraces the value of diversity, ensuring the team reflects a wider cross-section of society through the promotion of internal inclusion network groups: including our LGBT+, FREE (Faith, Race, Ethnicity and Equality), Female Futures and Disability and Wellbeing networks. The firm also continues to drive the importance of having open conversations on mental health, recently launching our Mindful Business Charter and continuing to build an internal network of Mental Health Champions.

As someone who did not have a traineeship when I finished my formal education, I understand how stressful the application process can be. Access to the legal profession is difficult, particularly for those from underrepresented backgrounds, and I am eager to share my own experiences with anyone looking to secure a training contract. Whether you are looking for advice about applying to Pinsent Masons, some general advice on applications, or an insight in what it’s like to be a Trainee, feel free to get in touch.

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