Age no barrier to success, says 56-year-old trainee

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  • Age no limit

    I'm in my second year of the part time GDL and all going well I'll be 40 when I qualify. It's a great boost to know others have led they way and with all those years of life experience probably have more to offer in terms of advice to their clients. The young-uns need not worry about us showing up at the NQ party dressed like a Richard Madeley impersonation of Ali-G!

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  • Old age? Old Hat!

    I entered a training contract with Wilsons Solicitors, Leeds, in 2000, age 54. This was after 2 years full time study - 'CPE' 'LPC' -following my early retirement from secondary headship. I qualified in April 2002 and joined national firm Berrymans Lace Mawer, BLM, in June 2002, specialising, as you might guess, in Education Law. My career with BLM continues to progress and I look forward to many (many) years of service to the profession.

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  • No record!

    I began my Training Contract in February '08 with a major city firm at the tender age of 40, and I'm delighted to learn from these posts that that's no record at all. It is great to hear that there are more of us out there.

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  • Can beat that

    I know of one trainee who started at 65

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  • You were lucky

    Old? You call that old? When I started with my current firm as a trainee I was nearly 70. I became an associate when I was 72. I became a partner just one year ago at the age of 79. Not only that, but I've been dead three years. And I didn't see a banana until I was nearly 40. Tsk, kids today!

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  • Age aint nuthin' but a number

    Last Cawthra Feather and Bird & Bird- I salute you. This is the legal feel-good story of the year, I tell you.

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  • You were lucky

    What's a banana?

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  • Age no barrier

    Age isn't a barrier perhaps, but I am convinced it is certainly an obstacle to overcome. I know more 22 year olds who have secured Pupillage - with no work experience to speak of - than I do 42 year olds with 20 or more years of work experience.

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  • Age no barrier? I'm not convinced.

    Attended an assessment day at a major city firm this year. During the interview, a partner pointed out that I am a fair bit older than the usual trainees. Could I cope with this? I'm 32!! I wonder what their own employment team would have thought of this question?

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  • Age no Barrier

    Life can begin (again) at 40.

    After bringing up my four children as a full-time single parent mother, I began my law degree at 40. I then undertook a Masters in Medical Law & Ethics whilst I sought a training contract. I secured this at my dream Firm Girlings Solicitors and I shall begin after this year's LPC is completed. I shall be 45.

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