Guest Post by Daisy Doardo – First year law student and trainee lawyer (QWE for the SQE)
Shared with thanks to Daisy Doardo, originally published via THE LEGAL BRIEF, issue no.49 – 21 July 2021 produced
by KC Partners.
Having dropped out of sixth form due to mental health challenges (depression and being suicidal), I didn’t think that attending university would be an option for me, let alone qualifying as a lawyer. Years later, after 5 years in the insurance industry and a travel break, I got into university with a foundation year and scored the highest mark! I’m now a first year student at the School of Law – University of Essex, Marketing Manager at Tiger Law and a commercial law trainee. I advocate a trauma-informed approach to mental health to promote radical self-acceptance, healing and an end to stigma. I have just launched a series called Remote Law Life to push back against forced office returns (which are bad for us, our families, our societies and our planet).
What attracted you to law?
Sadly, I was subjected to sexual harassment at work. Forced out of the insurance career I had worked so hard to build, I felt that I had to stand up for myself and all of the other women (and men) who were unable to take a stand. It didn’t turn out as heroically as I thought, but after months of negotiations, I decided to ignore my paralegal’s advice and got myself a better settlement. I realised that if I could do this for myself, I could do it for others and so decided to follow my dream of going to university and embarked on a law degree.