I took a rather unconventional route to becoming a trainee solicitor at PM.
Having always wanted to work in the legal sector I made the decision to go to University at the age of 30 and after having two children. I graduated from the LLB Law degree course in 2013 and began working at PM almost immediately as a Pensions paralegal.
Pensions was not an area of law covered in my law degree but proved to be interesting and I developed my legal skills in that role for two years before applying for a training contract at Pinsent Masons in 2015.
On securing my training contract I began my legal practice course immediately and was granted flexible working to reduce my full time role to four days a week so I could undertake the course part-time over two years. PM fully supported me during my period of studying and I was extremely lucky to have both a practical knowledge of how the law works before I began the LPC and a supportive team around me at PM who went out of their way to help wherever they could.
On completion of the LPC I began my training contract and I am currently in my first seat in the corporate department. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges that being a trainee brings and the feeling that I am working towards qualification in a team and a law firm who really want me to succeed.
I have been exceptionally fortunate to have worked for Pinsent Masons who have recognised the skills that I arrived with and have helped me develop, first as a paralegal and now as a trainee. I can’t comment on other law firms as I have only worked for Pinsent Masons but to me, this is a welcoming environment with positive and inspirational people who have continually supported me in chasing my dreams to become a solicitor.
Certainly at Pinsent Masons age is no barrier to success and I consider myself very lucky to have found myself in a firm where everyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, and ethnicity can thrive.
Katy Smith is a current trainee in our Leeds Office having started with the firm as a paralegal in 2013. For more information on our Training Contract Programme click here.
Just as the second lockdown struck, so approached application deadlines for vacation placements. So, here’s an overview of how I got to know Pinsent Masons virtually.
Read about Taylor's experience of our Virtual Vacation Scheme
Anne Sammon is an Employment & Reward Partner in London. Anne has significant experience in tribunal and high-court litigation in areas including discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.