Since qualifying as a Barrister, Miranda Brawn has not looked back. Currently, Director of Legal and Transaction Management at Daiwa Capital Markets and specialising in finance, she has worked with top investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Citigroup. Passionate about promoting diversity within the profession she is patron for Black British Academics and a Board member for various diversity organisations such as the Black Cultural Archives and the City Women Network.
Do you believe there are greater challenges for women and people from ethnic backgrounds to succeed in law?
I think there are challenges for everyone regardless of their gender and race to succeed in law as it is one of the most competitive fields to enter which includes investment banking. I have managed to succeed in both of these fields, which have in the past been considered to be a male dominated industry. That said, being a female and from an ethnic background, I have proven that it is possible to overcome challenges with the right amount of drive, intelligence and determination.
How did you deal with the challenges?
Fortunately, I have an amazing supportive network who have guided and advised me throughout my career. Over the years I have sought out excellent mentors, including my parents and during my time at JPMorgan Chase Bank, which has had a major impact on my career thus far. The advice provided to me during those informative years have enabled me to be able to pass this on to the next generation in order to share my wisdom. It is important to listen and act upon the advice. The possession of self-belief and determination to succeed in my chosen fields of law and investment banking has also helped me overcome various barriers.
What advice would you give to our students?
Focus on the positive attributes you can bring to the table, network, find a mentor or sponsor who can help you succeed, keep trying and do not give up until you hear the word “Yes”.
How has a qualification in law helped you achieve your ambitions?
My legal qualifications have definitely helped me achieve my childhood ambitions to become a Lawyer. It is highly rewarding and satisfying to achieve your childhood goals because not many people have the opportunity to say that they have done this.
Studying law also gave me extra confidence to go out into the world and make a real positive difference. For example, since completing my legal qualifications, I have become a charity board director, a UK Global Poverty Ambassador and spoke at numerous events, corporates, schools, universities and radio/television in order to encourage more diversity in the legal profession.
Finally, tell us something about yourself that people might not know
I have a family history of law and politics where I am related to Sir Thomas Bellot, 2nd Bt. 1 (1651-1709), who studied at Oxford University, was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1670, succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet Bellot in 1674 and was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Newcastle-under-Lyne from 1679 until 1681.
In addition, my thirst for learning is never ending, hence I am learning to speak Japanese and play the electric guitar.
Miranda qualified as a Barrister in 2011, studying at The University of Law in Bloomsbury.
You can see Miranda speak at The Law Society on 12th June 2015 where she will be discussing how to have a portfolio career and become a Non-Executive Board Director.
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