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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