Joy for Lisa as mum-of-two goes back to school and receives call to Bermuda Bar
A former Bristol student, who switched her social work career for law studies, has spoken of her pride on being called to the Bar in Bermuda.
Lisa Trott, 47, had been a social worker for nearly 20 years but that all changed when she travelled from her home in Bermuda to England to get her 18-year-old deaf son, Shakori, specialist education.
And, whilst in the UK to look at a school, the mother-of-two decided to make a change herself and moved with her children to Redland, a suburb in Bristol, where she began her journey towards a new career with BPP University Law School in Bristol.
“I just felt like the next step for me had to be a career in law because, to get Shakori into the best school for his needs, I had to convince the Bermuda Government Department of Education to agree to pay for him but I had to put a case together,” said Ms Trott, of Smith’s Parish in Bermuda.
“I had to research facts, prepare opening and closing statements and cross examine those on the opposite side which were all things I knew suited a law profession.”
Last year she graduated from BPP University with Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) qualifications.
Ms Trott, who also has a 23-year-old daughter called Shara, added: “I can’t say enough about my experience with BPP University Law School in Bristol, it was the best decision of my life.
“The staff were so warm and welcoming and I felt like family from the moment I entered the building on the first day.
“Everyone was so supportive, particularly Liz Polding (Senior Academic for Bristol) who was the cream of the crop.
“Studying something new at this age was very hard work but it all felt worth it in that moment when I was stood before the Chief Justice of Bermuda, being admitted to the Bar as a barrister and attorney. That was such a feeling of accomplishment.”
Ms Trott has completed her year-long pupillage at the Bank of Butterfield in Hamilton, Bermuda, and is continuing to work there as legal counsel.
Notes to editors
BPP University (www.bppuniversity.ac.uk) is one of the UK’s leading Universities dedicated to business and the professions. BPP University is a UK degree awarding body providing its own awards through four schools: BPP Law School, BPP Business School, BPP School of Health and BPP School of Foundation and English Language Studies. BPP University also offers some programmes of study leading to the awards of other bodies. BPP University has centres throughout the UK and was awarded the 2010 prestigious Education Investor award for “Post 16 education provider of the year”.