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Women's History Month: We Celebrate Claudine Adeyemi

DRIVEN: Claudine Adeyemi

CLAUDINE ADEYEMI got four As at A-level and a 2.1 at University College London. In her second year at university, she successfully applied for four vacation scheme placements at top London law firms. She secured a training contract at Mishcon de Reya, completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP with a distinction and qualified as the firm’s youngest solicitor in September 2014, aged 24. Claudine now specialises in property litigation.

She founded the Student Development Co (SDC) in January 2014. The SDC is a non-profit organisation that provides career-related support to young people from less privileged backgrounds. It recently launched Career Ear, the UK's first mobile app which allows young career-seekers to ask professionals questions directly. It won best STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) project at the O2 Think Big Digital Awards in December 2016.

Claudine is a multi-award winner herself and a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, seeking to raise aspirations of young people from less privileged backgrounds who may be interested in a career in law. She also gives up her time to speak to young people at schools and members of the legal profession.

"I am inspired by people, particularly people who look like or have a similar background. Every time I have created, learned or taken some form of action, it has followed a conversation with someone or hearing about someone else’s experience. People’s experiences and perspectives inspire me to do more and be better.

"My role model is my dad. I have built a network of people around me who I can look to for inspiration, but my ultimate role model is my dad. I have so much admiration for the fact that he played both mum and dad to me and my brother after my mum passed away when I was five. He is a proud father of three very driven, successful children and I am constantly trying to emulate his outlook on life.

"The best part of my job is winning. I am a litigator and so naturally, I enjoy winning everything from an argument on a single legal point right the way through to winning at trial.

"In my spare time I like to watch boxsets and swim. I am addicted to a whole host of shows, from Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder through to Game of Thrones. With swimming, I find that it’s a really good to way to switch off, almost like a form of meditation, focusing on your stroke and breathing and nothing else. You also get some exercise at the same time!

"I would tell my younger self to not to doubt her abilities. I struggled with self-confidence when I was young – I still have issues from time to time now, if I’m honest. I have a negative psychological and emotional impact on us. I would have enjoyed my journey more if I had been more positive and had more faith in my own abilities.

"I am determined to achieve. My motto is: Set goals. Achieve. Repeat. I am always determined to be the best version of me with everything that I do, from cooking through to the service I provide to my clients."

You can find out more about Claudine by visiting @ClaudineAdeyemi or @StuDevCo on Twitter or by clicking here.

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