Alumna Profile – Katie Reed, Associate at Walker Morris Sports Group
This year BPP University Law School in Manchester celebrates 10 years of its opening. To mark this anniversary we caught up with some of our first cohort to see what they have gone on to since they graduated.
This month we profile LPC graduate Katie Reed, Associate at Walker Morris Sports Group.
How would you describe your average day at Walker Morris Sports Group?
Working in Sports means there really is no such thing as an “average day”. Sports Law is an ever-changing, and dynamic area in which to work – there is never a dull moment. The clients we work for, which include owners of football clubs, never switch off. They live and breathe the sport, and we must do the same. Although we have a good work/life balance in the team, we are also passionate about sport, and if our clients need us during evenings and weekends then so be it!
What have been your personal achievements since completing your studies?
I have been seconded to three Premier League football clubs, including one year at Manchester City FC during their first title-winning season. Working in-house at a football club is a truly unique experience, and one that allows you to immerse yourself in the “business of football” and understand the daily pressures faced by the client. Working in-house and having secondment opportunities like this, I believe, are incredibly useful in today’s day and age, particularly with the growth in the number companies that have an in-house legal function. As a private practice lawyer, it allows you to give commercially-driven and pragmatic advice to your clients, as they feel assured that you understand their business needs
What was the best thing about studying with BPP University Law School and what is your fondest memory about student life here?
The best thing about studying at BPP has to be the people. The lecturers were all wonderful, and the friends I made during my time on the course are now lifelong friends, and people that I simply could not live without. We had an amazing year during the LPC, a lot of laughs and a lot of fun!
What one piece of advice would you give to students about to embark on a career in law?
Think about it, and then think some more. Is it really what you want to do? If so, great! Pursue it with enthusiasm and passion, and (if you haven’t already) you will secure a training contract. It is competitive though, so don’t feel disheartened – just let it spur you on.
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