I graduated in law from the University of Essex in 2009, and went on to complete the LPC at the College of Law, Moorgate, in 2010. It was during my time at school, and particularly during work experience which I gained at the Royal Courts of Justice at the age of 14, that I became interested in pursuing a career in the law.
Since finishing law school and prior to joining BWB as a trainee, I have been fortunate enough to have gained legal work experience and internships in private practice, in-house as well as at a budding social enterprise, both nationally and internationally. It was during a legal internship at a social enterprise in the Summer of 2010 that I first came into contact with BWB. The social enterprise was a client of the firm and my role required me to liaise with lawyers at BWB on various matters. I was subsequently offered a permanent position at BWB, which I gladly accepted!
I went on to work at BWB as a paralegal for two years in the Charity and Social Enterprise Department, which boasts more charity clients than any other law firm in the UK, and which consists of some of the leading lawyers in the UK. The department’s extensive and high profile client base meant that I was involved in matters involving cutting edge law and spanning a wide variety of fields, including corporate/commercial, aid and development, human rights, health and social care, the arts and the environment. Lawyers in the department were extremely supportive and I was able to develop my legal and practical skills significantly over those two years.
Following that, I moved to Dubai where I worked in-house as a commercial legal advisor for two multinational companies over a period of two years. I then re-joined BWB in September 2015 as a trainee, where my first seat was in the corporate/commercial department of the firm.
My main desire work-wise is to make a valuable contribution and pursue a personally fulfilling career, while at the same time maintain a positive work life balance. BWB has a reputation for its unique ethos. Having already worked at BWB previously, I have first-hand experience that the firm lives up to its ethos and offers ample opportunity to achieve one’s aims. BWB is a B Corp, which essentially confirms its commitment to doing business in the interests of not only profit, but also for the benefit of its staff, clients, its community as well as the environment. It is the first law firm in the United Kingdom to certify as a B Corp.
The firm is highly supportive of cross-collaboration between its staff and actively fosters the sharing of knowledge and insight across the firm, such as through cross-departmental groups which trainees are encouraged to participate in. This approach to learning and collaboration is of huge benefit to trainees, who commonly gain expertise in several fields even during their very first seat!
So far, I am greatly enjoying my time in my department where I feel my contribution and assistance is valued, and where partners and assistants take the time to provide constructive feedback on the work I have done. I look forward to developing my skills in the various seats during my training contract, as most of all I look forward to being able to put the skills I am learning into practice more independently when I qualify.