Alumnus Profile, Christopher Birch, Solicitor at Stowe Family Law LLP

This month we profile Alumnus Christopher Birch, Solicitor at Stowe Family Law LLP, who discusses what he has gone on to do since graduating.

Year of graduation: 2009
Course name: Bar Vocational Course (BVC) now Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
Which BPP University centre did you study at?

Job Title: Solicitor

Company Name: Stowe Family Law LLP

Location of workplace: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

What is your biggest professional achievement so far?
The opportunity afforded to me by my Senior Partner, Marilyn Stowe, to launch the Ilkley office of Stowe Family Law LLP in June 2015, is undoubtedly the standout accomplishment of my professional legal career to date. Since the opening of the Ilkley office it has been incredibly rewarding to observe the office go from strength to strength.

Detail your educational background and your career journey to date:
I studied law at the University of Hull and graduated with honours before studying the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) now Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP University Law School. I am a member of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010.

Following my studies I worked for a family law firm based in Brighton where I qualified as a solicitor by completing the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTT) in 2013. After qualifying I moved to the UKs largest stand alone family law firm, Stowe Family Law LLP. I was initially based in their Harrogate headquarters, as an associate but that changed in 2015 when I was asked to head up their new office of Ilkley based family solicitors. Since then, the firm has gone on to open an additional office, this time in Winchester and there are now nine offices throughout the country in Yorkshire, London, Cheshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire.

Although I specialise in all aspects of family law, I have had most experience in private law children disputes, divorce and matrimonial finance.

Why did you decide to study at BPP University and what advice would you give to those thinking about studying here?
The standard of teaching in conjunction with the location of the law school were the principal reasons which resulted in my decision to study at BPP Leeds. The advice I would give to prospective students is to obtain as much experience as possible, i.e. by way of volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Legal Advice Centres or undertaking work placements as this will assist in helping you to make an informed decision as to the areas of law you would wish to specialise in, whilst also bolstering your CV.

What top tip would you give to students who are about to embark on their professional career?
Hard work, if you are determined do not be discouraged from pursuing your ambitions and you will be successful.

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