Host Organisation: Shelter 2023

Hannah Branston

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

I graduated from the University of Manchester with a First Class LLB in 2022 and went on to complete my LPC and LLM with distinction at the University of Law the following year. Prior to embarking on the Justice First Fellowship, I gained employment as a mental health law paralegal alongside a part-time position with Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health CIC (BLAM) and a volunteering position with Art Not Evidence.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

Upon completing my LPC I was prepared to begin the process of qualifying as a solicitor, however, my passion aligns with social justice and policy and the traditional Training Contract does not generally reflect this. Therefore, the Justice First Fellowship stood out to me as a unique and unmissable opportunity to qualify in the sector I am devoted to. The ability to train with a social justice charity, in my case Shelter, and become a Fellow in the company of like-minded peers is invaluable and allows me to truly make a rewarding difference through my work.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

…expanding my knowledge and experiences, particularly through being in nature, travelling and exploring new places. I also really value spending quality time with my friends by attending music and art events or hosting dinner parties.

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