Matt Short works as a Trainee Solicitor with Allen & Overy and discovered an interest in law at a fairly young age. After undergoing a leg amputation at 17, Matt decided that a career in law was still possible to pursue despite his disability and he was offered a training contract with Allen & Overy after completing a vacation scheme. Matt believes his disability gives him a unique perspective, enabling him to bring a different viewpoint to the table when his firm is working on a deal. Ultimately, Matt encourages all those with a disability to be up front and open when pursuing their career of choice.
Sam Latif is blind and works as an IT Portfolio Manager with P&G. Sam decided to pursue a career in IT because she saw how the application of technology together with a human touch could make improvements to the lives of individuals and businesses. Sam has found technology to be both a help and hindrance when it comes to her disability and has developed strategies for overcoming limiting situations. She encourages those with disabilities to educate the people around them, and to not be afraid of asking for help when it is needed.
Laura Wright is a Trainee Solicitor with Herbert Smith Freehills. She discovered her passion for law during a gap year where she completed work experience for several different law firms. She began working for Herbert Smith through their vacation scheme. Laura has suffered from depression and anxiety for several years and says that she has discovered openness to be the best way of dealing with her disability at work. Her top tips for others with a disability is to be as open as you feel comfortable with so your employer understands what you are going through and what support you are going to need. She recommends getting to know more about potential employers through open days, vacation schemes and internships in order to find the right employer for you.