Legal career coaching

We have a team of former legal professionals, who also have professional coaching credentials, ready to support our members on a one-to-one basis. Our career coaching programme takes a personalised approach to each member achieving their potential, by setting out a clear route to success, including all the steps which need to be taken along the way. With our experts’ support, our members are well-equipped to identify and make the most of all the career opportunities that are available to diverse aspiring solicitors.

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Anita’s wealth of coaching experience helps our members uncover the full extent or their own resilience, strengths and potential to succeed as a city solicitor. A former lawyer from a diverse background herself, Anita is both passionate about assisting under-represented groups into the profession, and well-placed to do so. In addition to her work at AS, she is a school governor, and for the past decade has contributed to state school career guidance programmes.


Diversity Talent Manager

Charis works across our Talent Development Team to deliver coaching, mock interviews and HeadStart sessions, as well as the Commercial Awareness Competition. Previously, Charis managed the Early Careers Recruitment team at DWF, leading the recruitment for trainee solicitors, apprentices and graduates across the UK and ROI. Charis is passionate about increasing access to the legal profession, driving positive change, and showcasing regional opportunities.



May delivers our coaching programmes, such as AS First, Aspire and Headstart, as well as one-to-one mock interviews. After 10 years working in graduate recruitment and development – at a range of top City law firms including Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, and Bristows – May brings with her to AS a long-held interest in widening access to the profession and a strong belief in providing an inclusive working environment in which trainees can flourish.


Senior Head of Coaching

Zoe heads up our coaching and mentoring service as part of our Talent Development Team. A qualified solicitor, she trained at a Magic Circle firm and practised as a finance lawyer for several years. During that time Zoe participated in graduate recruitment initiatives, and spent three years as a graduate recruiter, before becoming a career coach. As a minority ethnic woman in law and a career changer herself, Zoe is particularly invested in unlocking diverse candidates’ potential.

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Mock Interviews and Assessment Centre Preparation


1-2-1 mock interviews for members who have interviews/assessment centres with an AS partner firm

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Head Start

March/April and June 2024

HeadStart Into Vacation Schemes is for AS Members who have secured a (Winter, Easter or...

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AS Access Programme (ASAP)

July 2024

ASAP is a bespoke programme aimed to upskill participants with the practical know-how, tools and...

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AS Aspire

Mid July - End of September 2024

AS Aspire is the leading UK coaching programme developed by former lawyers at leading UK...

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June 2024

A 3-day virtual programme for Black/mixed Black heritage Aspiring Solicitors Members. The programme will help...