I am 36 and a solicitor. I work for Paris Smith LLP in the Commercial Property and Planning Department. I specialise in development, investment properties and landlord and tenant. I am also a committee member of the Southampton Property Association.
I left Christ’s Hospital in 1995. Christ’s Hospital provided the best teachers, facilities and opportunity to benefit myself. I was privileged to participate in thschool Rugby Tour of Australia in 1994 which was the first time I’d ever flown. I played 1st team rugby, football and cricket and achieved school colours. I had a bad car crash during my A level exams. Whilst this was a mitigating factor I felt I didn’t take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the school. I didn’t achieve the grades predicted in line with my coursework results. So when I left Christ’s Hospital, the Charge provided a moment of reflection and source of inspiration.
I studied at Oxford Brookes University. Dr Dillow mentioned they were an improving university. I obtained a 2/1 in History and Geography. I continued with sport, playing 1st team football and cricket and attending the England University Football Trials in Bristol. I obtained a CPE/ PGDL (Diploma) in Law at the College of Law, Guildford, before passing the Legal Practice Course. (what used to be the Law Society Finals). I spent my holidays working for a marketing company on promotional tours.
Whilst self-funding and professional study loans helped with the course fees, I needed assistance from the BSB for the legal practice course. I planned to commute from home but for personal reasons had to move to a flat in Guildford. A member of staff suggested the BSB and yet again the school assisted me.
I am very grateful to the BSB for their assistance. They provided crucial support at an important time in my life to enable me to finish my studies and have a legal career. I would not have a legal career without the support of the BSB and for that I am truly grateful.