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November 4, 2010

After growing up living around the world, Louise Soraya Black worked at several top City firms and PLC before winning a prize for her first novel, which was published in October 2010. Her book is a love story based in Tehran and she drew on her experiences of living there as well as the fact that she is half-Iranian. She is now focusing on her career as a writer and looking after her young son. 

mtl: Hi Louise, please can you tel...

November 2, 2010

After leaving first Slaughter and May, and then law completely, James Hodson did a Masters in Creative Advertising at University College, Falmouth.  He is now a junior copywriter at Agency Republic and is enjoying every minute of his new career in advertising.  We spoke to him about making such a big change.

mtl:  Please can you start by telling us about your legal career?

James: After doing history at LSE, I left university...

December 17, 2009

Carlo Buckley left his job as a corporate assistant at Baker & McKenzie to import and trade organic ingredients for food manufacturers.  While doing this he met his current business partners and this year they launched Mr Organic, a brand of organic food products which you can buy from a range of stores. 

mtl: Hi Carlo, please can you tell us first about being a lawyer. 

Carlo: I studied Biological Sciences at the University...

September 21, 2009

Nic Bottomley left his finance job at A&O in 2005 after working there for over seven years, in order to set up an independent bookshop in Bath with his wife (who is also an ex-A&O lawyer).  The shop has since won a string of awards including “Independent Book Shop of the Year 2008” (awarded by the British Book Industry).  We spoke to Nic about his decision to do something completely different, how he went about it and how he has...

April 16, 2009

We spoke to Emma Kennedy (of radio, film and TV fame) about her stint as a trainee at Macfarlanes, her 18m of litigation at Stephens Innocent (now Finers Stephens Innocent) and her successful career post-law (including several books and six more in the pipeline over the next three years).  Despite being very involved in writing and performing at university, she went on to train as a solicitor and only picked them up again up sev...

January 6, 2009

Penny Bullen qualified at Farrer & Co in the 1970’s, where she stayed for two years as an assistant until she had her first child and the family moved overseas.  She returned to law eleven years later where she was able to do a number of part-time roles for a further twelve years.  At 51 she re-trained as a primary school teacher and she spoke to us about what that involved and how she has found the switch. 

mtl: Hi Pen...

May 15, 2008

Ben Fordham trained at Linklaters and qualified into the tax department there.  Last week he said goodbye to law at 1yr PQE and embarked on a new path that will see him open his own restaurant at 56 Goodge Street in July 2008.   We wanted to talk to him at this point, while the decision is fresh in his mind, to find out how he’s done it. 

mtl:  Hi Ben, please can you start with your legal background?

Ben:  I trained...

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