Busy mum and barrister is raising the bar

Top law student (and mother-of-two) Eloise Le Santo has become a barrister at leading law firm matrix Chambers.

She gained a first class degree in 2010 while juggling her studies and caring for two young children.

Eloise describes her position at Matrix Chambers as “pretty much what you’d expect a barrister to do; working on cases, going to court, researching and advocacy.” Even so, there are many reasons why she loves what she does.

She says: “I enjoy it because of the variety. I get to work on a huge number of cases that may be in very disparate areas. One minute you’re becoming an expert in trains, the next minute you’re looking at phone hacking cases… there’s always an element of novelty to keep you on your toes.”

Eloise believes that people shouldn’t be put off trying to become a barrister, she herself is a testament that it can be done. Her advice to aspiring barristers is simple - do your research.

 “There are so many different opportunities out there and some people may tend to get caught up in a particular traditional route. Often there may be pro bono, volunteering or slightly different alternative routes into that profession and there’s so much different information about these things on the internet…”

Contact companies and organisations; if they’re not advertising work experience, contact them and ask if you can come anyway, it might just pay off.”

Eloise has never lost her enthusiasm for the University of Lincoln and regularly comes back to give her expertise to current students at alumni events. She was a panel member this year at a Q&A session, along with six other graduates for the Lincoln Law School’s 20th Anniversary event on 19th March.

The event preceded a special guest lecture by one of the foremost experts on constitutional law, Baroness Helena Kennedy, on the power of the Magna Carta. You can see the interview and footage from the night  here


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