ALUMNA PROFILE, Deborah Laidlaw, Family Lawyer AT STOWE FAMILY LAW LLP
This month we profile LPC Alumna Deborah Laidlaw, Family Lawyer at Stowe Family Law, who began her legal career by studying at our Leeds campus, she discusses what she has gone on to do since graduating.
Year of graduation: 2008
Course name: Legal Practice Course (LPC)
Which BPP University centre did you study at? Leeds
Job Title: Family Lawyer
Company Name: Stowe Family Law LLP
Location of workplace: Leeds
What is your ultimate ambition (if not already achieved?):
To become a well-respected and valued partner of a law firm.
Detail your educational background and your career journey to date:
Prior to studying the Legal Practice Course at BPP law school in Leeds, I graduated from the University of Northumbria with a 2:1 degree in LLB (Hons).
After I graduated from BPP I worked as a Paralegal before obtaining a training contract with a national firm where I worked in both Sheffield and Leeds experiencing various areas of law including Family Law, Corporate Transactions and Commercial Property. I have been specialising solely in family law since 2011 and qualified as a solicitor in 2012.
I joined the Leeds office of Stowe Family Law LLP in the summer of 2014 where I focus on all family law matters, although I maintain a particular interest in divorce and the resolution of financial claims arising out of a marriage.
One of the most satisfying aspects of what I do is knowing that I am helping people who are going through a difficult and stressful time in their life. The law is constantly changing and being updated so it is important to keep up to date with the developments, such as the recent updates around coercive control.
Why did you decide to study at BPP University and what advice would you give to those thinking about studying here?
I visited an open evening and found the staff at BBP to be extremely knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great atmosphere in which to learn where everyone is keen to progress and achieve the best of their ability.
How did your studies prepare you with the knowledge and expertise to develop or pursue your professional career?
Remarkably well. The LPC at BBP was extremely well balanced focussing on practical skills and developing legal knowledge. All tutors come from a legal background meaning that group sessions are heavily based around practical examples from practice.
What top tip would you give to those considering studying your course at BPP University?
Attend an open day or evening. Be prepared to work hard and long hours. Become involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible and seek to obtain some legal work experience if possible in advance of commencing a course.
Did you search for testimonials when researching the University/course? If so, what kind of information did you seek to obtain and where did you source it from?
I sought information in relation to success rates and grades, together with the learning techniques and ethos of the University. I considered information extensively online, obtained prospectus’ and attended in person.
What top tip would you give to students who are about to embark on their professional career?
Remain professional, focussed and ambitious. Maintain a good work life balance.
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