Trainee Solicitor | RPC
- First generation to go to university
- Non Russell Group university
- Religious beliefs
I attended a state school and was the first generation in my family to attend university. I didn’t have family members to guide me about education options (such as university and the various degrees available) as well as career options. Having a strong academic performance during A-Levels, I secured a position at Hertfordshire University to study law as an undergraduate degree. Although I enjoyed studying law, I was never sure whether law was the career avenue I wanted to pursue.
Following my graduation, I obtained a banking litigation paralegal position within a commercial law firm working on cases around the sale of derivatives. As this was the only area of law I had practical experience working within, I decided to further my experiences to determine whether law really was for me. I subsequently joined a consultancy firm where I completed two projects within the financial services industry, having consulted for Tier 1 banks. I also worked as the Chief of Staff in another financial services organisation, working closely alongside the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors. During this experience, I quickly realised that I enjoyed working alongside the legal, risk and compliance teams due to the strategic and legal decision-making processes they carried out. I then enrolled onto the LPC at BPP University, which I self-funded without a training contract in place.
With the help of mentors in previous employment positions, I secured a training contract at RPC. I seek to promote diversity in every avenue possible, and am a member of the Ethnicity and Diversity workstream at RPC.
I understand the difficulties of obtaining a training contract having attended a non-Russel group university and coming from a socially disadvantaged background. I hope by sharing my story I can encourage and help others interested in becoming a commercial lawyer.