Anisha Ahmed

Anisha is a paralegal in our Norwich office. She talks about her route into the legal profession, the application process and what she enjoys doing outside of work.

What made you apply to Mills & Reeve?

I applied here because I wanted to work for a firm that would give me a lot of responsibility early on, whilst also providing me with support when needed. After attending insight sessions at the firm and hearing from trainees, it was evident that Mills & Reeve really emphasised a collegiate working culture, something I knew would be the perfect fit for me to help develop my career.

Can you tell us about your team and any interesting projects you’re involved with?

Everyone plays a vital role in the team, and it’s been amazing to work with them all on different projects. They all have a vast amount of knowledge, and I’m trying to absorb as much of it as possible! They’re also all big foodies, so I do enjoy the occasional office discussion about what the best foods are – these do often turn into debates though!

I recently got involved with a presentation on biodiversity net gains. It was really interesting being tasked with doing some research into the topic and finding out what opportunities it creates for landowners, as this is a very current and developing area within real estate.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy making jewellery and use this as a creative outlet. I started this as a hobby a few years ago and continue to enjoy making my own jewellery and occasionally selling it to others!

How did you get into the legal profession?

I originally chose to study law because I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do, and I knew that studying a law degree would provide me with a lot of valuable transferable skills that could be applied to many careers. However, it was only once I started university that my passion for law was truly consolidated as I started competing in my law society’s competitions, such as the legal triathlon, and attended open days at multiple law firms. These experiences allowed me to familiarise myself with the role of a solicitor and ultimately motivated me to pursue a career in the legal profession.

How did you find the application process for Mills & Reeve?

The paralegal application process was straight-forward and involved an initial application, a brief telephone interview and a final in-person interview with two partners. I found it to be a very smooth process, with the telephone and in-person interviews feeling very welcoming. It felt like it was an opportunity not just for the firm to learn more about me as an applicant, but also for me to learn more about the firm.

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