Interview with Grace McGowan: how diversity issues are affecting paralegals

Interview with Grace McGowan: how diversity issues are affecting paralegals

Aspiring in-house solicitors - paralegals and diversity

From Lexis®PSL In-house: In the third part of this series looking at the work of Aspiring Solicitors, Grace McGowan, a paralegal in the banking sector and a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation aiming to increase diversity in the legal profession, talks about why she became an ambassador and highlights how diversity issues are affecting paralegals in the profession.

 Grace McGowanWhat is your background?

I have been an in-house paralegal since August 2012. I have developed extensive experience in the invest-ment side of banking with two large global banks. I have recently started working in a contract management role for the asset management division of a large American bank while I apply for training contracts.

Why did you sign up to be a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors?

I met Chris White, the founder of Aspiring Solicitors, through colleagues who had worked with him during his career as a commercial solicitor. They recommended him to me as I am in the process of trying to get a training contract. I went on to become a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors as I felt strongly that the initiative helps people who don't have a voice in this industry. The recognition and awards that Aspiring Solicitors is receiving, alongside backing from a number of law firms, illustrates that it is really starting to make an impact in the profession.

In your opinion, what more could the in-house

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.