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29 January 2016

'Spotlight on' Kelly Schofield - Commercial Litigation Paralegal

Role on Young Professionals Committee – Mentor Scheme Coordinator

Age – 25

Company – Wright Hassall

Kelly joined the Young Professionals Committee just under a year ago. She has recently taken over coordination of the Coventry and Warwickshire First mentoring scheme from Carl Malcolm, and will be key in administering the next round of mentor and mentee applications and pairings. I caught up with her to see what she likes about being part of Coventry and Warwickshire First Young Professionals and what advice she has on getting a training contract.

Q What does your current job involve?

I assist with a range of commercial litigation disputes including contentious probate matters, Court of Protection matters and professional negligence claims. I regularly assists with research into Inheritance Act claims and the removal of Executor matters.

Q And what’s your next step professionally?

To commence my 2 year training contract at Wright Hassall LLP which is secured for 2017.

Q Was it difficult finding a training contract and what advice would you give to anyone who’s currently looking for one?

It was difficult securing a training contract because of how few training contracts there are compared to the number of prospective trainees. The best advice would be to think carefully about the areas of law you’re interested in, devise a list and work through it. Know when deadlines for applications are and ensure you have enough time to complete the application to a good standard. Practice makes perfect!

Q What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?

I love animals and think they are always a great ice breaker. I have a 4 year old working cocker-spaniel dog called Norris.

Q What inspired you to get involved with young professionals?

I first heard about CWFYP when I started working for Wright Hassall LLP in December 2014. I had never worked in the area before and so wanted to meet new people, expand my professional network and attend fun networking events. For me, it has been a fantastic way to get to know people in the area.

Q What do you like to do outside work?

I enjoy attending and trying different types of fitness classes such as aerial silk, aerial hoop and pole fitness.

Q Tell us something interesting or unusual about you?

I have been vegetarian for over 10 years but still quite like a packet of chicken flavoured crisps, they are vegetarian!

So that’s Kelly! If you’re interested in being part of the next round of the mentor scheme please email Kelly ( and she can keep you updated on when applications will be open.

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