It is with great honour that last night St Marys University pronounced us the winner of “work experience provider 2019.” We had strong competition, including Harlequins FC and Fulham FC.
When our very own Kayleigh Fisher approached us three years ago whilst she was still a student to undertake her work experience placement with us, we did not envisage how well these placements would work.
As part of the law degree at St Marys, each student must find a work provider with whom to undertake 80 hours of work experience. Thereafter, they are required to produce an assessment of their experience including what they have learned from the provider. This Assessment forms part of their final mark. As such we recognised the responsibility bestowed upon us in offering such a placement.
After an encouraging discussion with Lloyd Gash (Senior Lecturer in Law) at St Marys, we commenced on this journey of providing a placement each year to a St Mary’s student.
Our 3rd placement in September 2018 was Samreena Munwar. She showed great aptitude and worked very closely with one of our solicitors on a case, seeking to see the same through to the end even though this continued after her placement. Although each of our students from St Marys has impressed us, this was the first year that we were made aware that we were able to nominate them for an award.
We are delighted to confirm that at the same awards ceremony last night, Samreena was awarded winner of the Excellence Award and we wish her all the best with her further education.
We were immensely privileged to be nominated by Lloyd for our award and thrilled to be announced a winner of this category.
We would like to thank those members of staff who worked with Samreena and especially Helena, on this occasion who worked particularly closely with Samreena, for the support and guidance she provided to Samreena during her placement with us. Particular thanks also go to Suzanne who left a lasting impression on Samreena for the skills she demonstrated in court when Samreena accompanied her.