Law Society spotlight: Social Mobility Ambassadors

Posted on 16 March 2017. Source: The Law Society Gazette

Law Society spotlight: Social Mobility Ambassadors

Chancery Lane’s SMA project aims to inspire people from underprivileged backgrounds to embark upon a legal career.

They are there to inspire and they are inspirational. Koser Shaheen left school at 11 to look after siblings. She is now a corporate lawyer at City firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

There is Keith Etherington who, after the death of his mother, left school at 15 so he could work to support himself and his brother. He is now a district judge.

There is also Adele Edwin-Lamerton, whose A-level studies were hampered by juggling the needs of her mentally ill mother with a part-time job in a supermarket. She made the grade, she says, by being ‘stubborn’ and is now an employment lawyer at national firm Pattinson & Brewer.

And then there is Mishcon de Reya’s Claudine Adeyemi, who found herself sharing a hostel with drug addicts while studying for A-levels. Now two-years qualified, she has set up a not-for-profit company to help disadvantaged people begin a career in the professions.

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