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Emine Mehmet

EDUCATION BACKGROUND
  • LPC, The University of Law (2000-2001)
  • BA (Hons) Law (1997-2000)
CURRENT ROLE
  • Director of Family and Childcare, Duncan Lewis
CAREER PROGRESSION
  • Solicitor - Duncan Lewis (2011)
  • Director - Pollecoff Solicitors (2005-2011)
  • Partner - Fahri Jacob Solicitors (2003-2005)

  

Emine Mehmet completed her LPC at The University of Law in 2001. Since then she’s had an interesting career, specialising in family law.

I’ve always had a passion for justice. From a young age I was interested in the law, which then developed further throughout my university education.

After studying family law during my LPC I decided I wanted to become a family law solicitor. After completing the family law elective on the course, I was lucky enough to secure a training contract with a specialist family law firm.

It’s the human element that really attracted me to family law. I get to work with people when they’re encountering some of the toughest times they might face and it’s really rewarding to be able to help people through that. It’s most obvious when working with guardians and children.

I currently work as the Director of Childcare and Family at the Dalston branch of Duncan Lewis. This involves having a mainly care case workload and managing the day-to-day running of those cases, including their advocacy. As a director there’s also a managerial side; I have a team of 15 people who I supervise.

There are so many incredible people working in the family law sector. It’s hard to pick out anyone in particular who inspired me, but I see fantastic people doing good work every day.

My key piece of advice to anyone thinking of working in family law is to keep up-to-date. Just stay aware of changes that are happening or coming within the sector so that you can approach it with a clear understanding. I think one of the best ways to do this is through extra-curricular activities and work experience; not only will you be keeping your finger on the pulse, but you’ll be getting some real-world experience at the same time.

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