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18 August 2022

Celebrating success – Mentoring with Coram’s Field

Coram’s Fields are a wonderful charity that helps young people establish their careers within the legal sector. Payne Hicks Beach are proud corporate Partner at Coram’s Fields. We support Coram’s Fields by funding essential work with local communities and engaging in their employability programme.

In 2020 Isobel was paired with Alessia Tamasoszki. Alessia was originally born in Italy to Romanian Parents. They left Romania in search of better work opportunities and, as a result, Alessia has lived in Italy, Paris, and finally, London. Here, she became the first in her family to go to university and consider law as a career.

Isobel recently featured in Coram’s Field’s article in ‘Employability programme success’ in which both Alessia and Isobel reflect on their experience engaging in the programme. The article has been linked below with kind permission.

Isobel adds, “I have been involved in Payne Hicks Beach’s Mentoring Scheme with Coram’s Fields since joining the firm in 2015. I first met Alessia at one of our events in 2018 when she was studying for her A Levels. She told me about her studies, her offer of a place to study Law at Queen Mary’s University in London and her long-held ambition of becoming a solicitor.

I was struck by how much Alessia had already achieved at school and by her determination and focus. We started working together soon after that, meeting up every few months over a coffee to discuss how she was getting on. I would offer her advice about things she could be doing to get more real-life experience of law around her studies and reviewing her applications, drafts of her CV and so forth. Alessia completed a one-day work experience placement here at Payne Hicks Beach in the Corporate Department in the summer of 2019. We stayed in touch after she started her degree in autumn 2019, and throughout the pandemic. Alessia has just graduated with fantastic results and has been offered a job as a paralegal in the Immigration Department at Payne Hicks Beach.

I am so proud of everything she has achieved. She has been a brilliant mentee, taking on board the advice and tips offered at every opportunity. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with her, and I am thrilled she will be joining the firm in September. Well done, Alessia!”

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