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Shannon’s week at Matrix

My week at Matrix has been absolutely amazing. Though I was nervous at the beginning of my placement about what it would be like working at such a high-profile set of chambers, from the moment I walked through the doors, I could tell that I didn’t have to worry. From the welcoming reception team, the lovely practice and legal support team, to the CEO of Matrix – everybody is so approachable, friendly and helpful!

As each day went by, I realised that this is what makes Matrix stand out. Everybody went above and beyond to give us a variety of opportunities, share great advice and help us as much as they could with our aspirations. Understandably, they are very busy and they didn’t have to volunteer their time to talk with us, and yet they did so happily.

Despite the challenges and constraints of the pandemic, I was able to speak with almost every team, go to court, meet with my mentor, network, perform a wide range of tasks and receive honest and insightful feedback from a mock interview.

Most importantly, I found Matrix to be modern, open-minded and progressive, in every aspect. The organisation genuinely cares about opening up doors to the profession. From issues of diversity, the environment and recruitment, you can tell that Matrix wants to reflect on and improve the status quo, and actively take steps to implement change. As a BAME, state-school student with little legal work experience or legal contacts, I really appreciated this. After all, it is not very often that students who are under the age of 18, or not in their final few years of their degree, get the opportunity to witness the best of the legal profession doing what they love the most so accessibly – in the middle of a pandemic!

I would highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of whether or not you are sure about the Bar, or even the law in general. A big thank you to everyone at Matrix who made my work experience so enjoyable and inspiring!