Gianluca Grafton-Clarke

Nearly a year on following my graduation as a Law undergraduate from Keele University, I look back on my time at Keele with nothing but appreciation and admiration for the people and place that had given me every opportunity to succeed. Despite a career in the legal industry being fiercely competitive, the academic enrichment and support system in place at Keele School of Law gave me the confidence and determination to pursue becoming a solicitor. While this is a long and undoubtedly challenging path to take, my degree from Keele has provided me with fantastic legal opportunities post-graduation that have given me a foothold in the legal sector.

In recent months I have been working as a paralegal in BT Openreaches Wayleaves department, utilising the Telecommunications Code to ensure our legal right of access when installing telecoms apparatus on private land. My role includes having to negotiate contractual terms with solicitors in line with company policy and having to draft/review engrossments to minimise our commercial, legal and financial risk. I have been able develop my legal practice skills through hands-on application and I can now demonstrate from my experience that I am capable of providing outstanding legal service to clients.

I am now due to start a paralegal role with Addleshaw Goddard LLP in May where I will gain exposure to life and work within a premium international Commercial Law firm. From this I will be looking to demonstrate that I am a worthy candidate to take on as a trainee solicitor whilst looking for vacation schemes and training contracts in 2020. 

It goes without saying that had I not taken a Law degree at Keele I would not be in the fortunate position I am in today. I had a thoroughly enjoyable three years there and I will be forever grateful to the staff and students that gave me a truly memorable experience.