Future Trainee Solicitor | Pinsent Masons
- State school educated
- First generation to go to university
- Ethnic minority
I was the first of my family (including extended family) to go to university to study Law. Neither of my parents had attended university so I felt the overwhelming pressure to get a training contract or vacation scheme in my first few weeks at university. Coming from a state school educated background, there was little emphasis on the importance of networking, access to professional careers and the tools required to best represent yourself and feel confident.
It took me many years to secure a training contract and a massive part of that is owed to Aspiring Solicitors focus on diversity and embracing backgrounds to get the best representation into the legal industry.
I currently work as a Lead Paralegal at Pinsent Masons, managing a team of Paralegals focussed on gaining corporate experience. I have worked on a series of headline transactions and have gained a significant amount of experience in transactional work.
Since being promoted I found myself involved with more strategic decision making for the wider paralegal team, which increased my exposure to key stakeholders and improved my commercial awareness as a result.
I participated in Aspire 2020 and the Aspiring Solicitors Commercial Awareness Competition and got through to the semi-final. Both initiatives significantly improved my applications, confidence and general aptitude to understand commercial news. My Aspire mentor helped me understand what firms to apply for based on my interests and helped me produce the best applications for my circumstances. I felt confident after being part of Aspiring Solicitors.