Anjali Patel

"I strongly believe that I would not be where I am today without the university’s support and motivation."
About my career

I graduated from Manchester Law School in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in LLB Law.  I was also recognised as the highest performing student in the law school during the 2014-15 academic year.  I then went on to study the Legal Practice Course at Manchester Law School from 2015-2016 which is a requirement if you wish to become a solicitor.  The tutors were great and very supportive during my 4 years at university.  

After I graduated and completed the Legal Practice Course, I worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Manchester city centre for around 3 months. 

I heard great things about Blackstone Solicitors and after two interviews I was offered the role of a litigation paralegal. Within my first week, I was handed my own case load and was trusted to run files from start to finish under the supervision of a partner.  I also undertook advocacy at court frequently on possession matters and small claims hearings, as well as attending court on larger matters with the instructed barristers.

I was offered a training contract by Blackstone Solicitors which commenced in June 2017.  As a trainee solicitor, you are required to rotate around different departments (known as seats) in order to gain experience in different areas of law.  My seats to date include commercial litigation, commercial property and corporate/commercial law.  My training contract has been fantastic.  I have all round exposure and have learnt a lot from my colleagues and supervising partners, all of whom are very supportive.  My day to day work included drafting court documentation, attending court, conducting client meetings, drafting corporate documentation (for example shareholders’ agreements, board meeting minutes, loan agreements), drafting leases and advising clients.  This list is non-exhaustive and demonstrates the amount of exposure to the law I have had in this role.

I have also had the privilege of attending some great events, such as the Law Society Excellence Awards in London. 

I qualified as a solicitor in December 2018. I am now working as a solicitor at Shoosmiths LLP.

My top tip for students is…

Gain as much legal work experience as possible.  This will help you to decide your future career and will make you stand out as an individual in job applications.  Non-legal work experience is also great experience as it will show prospective employers that you are an all-around individual.

Attend careers fairs.  You never know, you may meet someone who can help you with your career in the future. 

I’m inspired by…

The tutors who have great experience behind them which projects into their teaching.  I attended a court hearing and one of my tutors from university was the judge!

Why I love Manchester Met

You are recognised for your hard work and achievements.  I strongly believe that I would not be where I am today without the university’s support and motivation.