Degree and University: History degree from Cambridge in 1994, conversion course at the College of Law, London, qualified in 1998
Work Title: Lecturer at the College of Law.
Career route: Throughout my history degree my lecturers were always keen for me to switch to law. There are so many parallels between history and law, particularly the academic side of things. I’d even gone as far as accepting a place on a GDL course after graduation, but decided to pursue advertising instead and joined McCann Erickson where I headed up a team of 15 and worked on major London-based clients with international brands including Kellogg’s, Esso, and Nestle.
However, my role in the agency wasn’t as creative as it sounds! I was in charge of account management and led an experienced team in media buying. After eight years, I felt I’d gone as far as I could in the world of advertising and made up my mind to change direction. In my heart I still knew law was the career for me and enrolled on the conversion course at the College of Law in London. I loved the course and went on to complete a training contract at Osborne Clarke Solicitors which had offices in the City and Bristol. I qualified in 1998 and worked as a commercial property solicitor until 2003, then worked as an in-house solicitor at Legal Marketing Services before moving to the College of Law in 2007.
What do you love about what you do? I’ve always taken a commercial view of law. These days lawyers are consultants who advise on every aspect of enterprise. Business is about selling a product, working with clients and negotiating a settlement, this applies to any type of sector – advertising or law. I love working at the College where we structure learning in a very different way from the traditional teacher and class set-up. We now run workshops in which the tutors facilitate group work. Without my experience as a lawyer I wouldn’t have been able to do this, and this is my dream job it is so rewarding in all sorts of ways. "