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Reach out 2 Kids: a career in law, and how to get the competitive edge

A special event for UEL students thinking about a career in law

6pm: Introduction 

Denise Stephenson, founder and director of Reach out 2 Kids (ROK)
6.05pm: Educational pathways to law   

Lade Omisore – solicitors 
Ben Pite - barristers 
6.15pm: Our journeys to law     

Barristers - Yimi Yange and Edward Flood, followed by Q and A 
Solicitors – Angelique de Lafontaine, Febechi Chukwu and Ben Pite, followed by Q and A
6:45: General Q and A 
7.10pm: Turning the tables 

The experts will get to explore your career plans with you.

For more information please contact UEL Legal Advice Centre director Nicola Antoniou

Speakers’ biographies 
Denise Stephenson, founder and director of ROK
Denise is a planning solicitor and partner at a London law firm. She has been qualified for 14 years and has worked on a number of important regeneration projects and high-profile developments within London and across the UK. Denise has worked within local authority and private practice and has always believed one should challenge themselves to face their fears and go for their goals no matter the circumstances. Denise started ROK as she felt she needed to give back something of value to the community. She grew up on a council estate in a working-class family and felt acutely the need to do something to address the disillusionment and disconnect felt by many children and young people trying to make a life for themselves. Denise has worked hard to make it as a lawyer and is humbled to have done so despite the odds. For this reason she is passionate about what ROK can achieve.

Yimi Yangye, criminal law barrister 
Yimi is an experienced barrister with a predominately criminal defence practice.  She is regularly instructed in a variety of cases including armed robberies, sexual offences (including child sex offences), firearms, drugs offences and money laundering offences. A powerful trial advocate with an enviable success rate. Yimi also acts in prison adjudications and extradition cases. Regularly appears in the family court dealing with both private and public law cases 
Education: Attended a comprehensive primary school. University of Leeds: 2.1 degree in Law. BPP Law School: Very competent. She loves to dance, argue, argue and argue, plus the theatre too (when she’s not arguing!)
Edward Flood, family law barrister 
Edward is a family law barrister who grew up in St Lucia in the West Indies and came to the UK when he was 10 years old. As a barrister, Edward argues cases in court in front of judges. He deals with divorces between husbands and wives, dividing their assets after divorce, problems relating to the care of children, in particular involving the local authority, domestic violence in the home, and child abduction.  
Angelique de Lafontaine, senior legal adviser, Bupa 
Angelique is a senior legal adviser at Bupa, a global healthcare company servicing 32 million customers in 190 countries. Angelique advises on global strategic projects and acquisitions and most recently on digital innovation at Bupa. Prior to becoming an in-house lawyer, Angelique spent over 5 years in private practice specialising in corporate law. 
Febechi Chukwu, solicitor, Sharpe Pritchard LLP 
Febechi is a solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard LLP, working in the projects group. He was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK with his family as a child. He went at a state primary school before going to QE Boys Grammar School in Barnet. He read law at the University of Birmingham and took a masters at LSE. He completed the legal practice course at BPP Law School in Holborn.  He worked as a trainee legal counsel in a global company for two years before starting a two year training contract in the London office of an international firm.  

Benjamin Pite, newly qualified solicitor, McCue & Partners LLP 
Ben went to state school and sixth form in Shrewsbury, in the West Midlands and graduated with a degree in Geography in 2004. He worked for a charity and temporarily at The Care Standards Tribunal until 2009 and worked in France as a waiter for two years before studying for a GDL in London. Ben then worked successively as an administrator, paralegal, trainee and solicitor at a small London firm offering conditional fee agreements to clients bringing claims of professional negligence against banks and financial advisers. He now works at a small 'boutique' civil litigation firm with a public interest angle. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017