"Without the inspiration and motivation which MMU provided I would not be where I am today"
During my course, I undertook a number of mini-pupillages that were organised by the University. It gave me the understanding that mini-pupillages have to be targeted at those Chambers that you hope to join, and should be timed to improve your chances of an interview.
My first job after Manchester Met was with a high volume Claimant PI firm. I worked there for eight months, which gave me enough experience to get a job with a more reputable firm, DWF Solicitors. I joined them as a paralegal, undertaking advocacy work, in 2001.
Having completed my BVC, I was unable to obtain a pupillage and so after 4 years with DWF, I took the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test and was admitted as a Solicitor. Soon after, the Law Society granted me Higher Courts Rights of Audience and the Bar Council subsequently granted me an exemption from pupillage. Recently the Bar Council awarded me a dual Practising Certificate so that I can undertake work both as an employed barrister and as a self-employed barrister. I also have been awarded rights to conduct litigation from the Bar Council. It seems that in the current climate, we should never stop acquiring further qualifications.
The contacts that I made whilst studying at Manchester Met continue to help to advance my career. Every step along the way has been built on and assisted by staff at the University and the contacts that they helped me make.
Pupillage is a major hurdle and my top tip for achieving it is to embark on a campaign of conquest. It is essential to target an area of work and those Chambers that undertake such work and then network with members of selected Chambers who are influential in that area.
One of my former lecturers who helped me from day one. She has dropped in and out of my career at various stages and made a huge difference to my life.
MMU set me off on a life-changing career - without the inspiration and motivation which MMU provided I would not be where i am today.