Host Organisation: Law Centre Northern Ireland 2023

Kristen Annett

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

I am a past student of Ulster University where I obtained both a LLB Law and a LLM in Access to Justice. During my Masters, I worked as a student clinician in the University Law Clinic helping clients who cannot afford legal representation. We advised on matters ranging from Social Security and Employment queries to Family court matter. For the past year I have worked in a private law firm as an employment paralegal dealing with both claimants and respondents on complex matters such as unfair dismissal and discrimination.

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

I was drawn to apply for the Justice First Fellowship because it offers a comprehensive and supportive framework for aspiring social justice advocates like myself. Moreover, the chance to develop a project that aligns with advancing access to justice is particularly appealing. Not only does this aspect of the fellowship allow me to contribute meaningfully to addressing societal inequalities, but it also has the potential to create a sustainable impact on individuals and communities alike.

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

Outside of my legal interest, I love exploring the outdoors and exploring. Specifically, hiking around the local mountain area with my dogs, this allows me to enjoy nature and decompress. Traveling is another passion; as I can broaden my horizons and introduce myself to new cultures and landscapes. I also enjoy spending time with my families and friends, whether it be going for a coffee or doing an activity.

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