Therese always wanted to be an attorney, but her journey was full of challenges. All of which she overcame to become dual qualified as an attorney and solicitor providing specialist advice in her role as Legal Adviser at the Law Society.
She was born in London but moved to New York when she was seven. While at university in Washington DC, a bereavement brought 20-year-old Therese back to London. At a crossroads, she decided to stay and study after she fell in love with Greenwich.
Throughout her studies, Therese was temping wherever she could to support herself and follow her dream of being a solicitor. Her first job, at the Government Legal Department, involved working in a hybrid paralegal role on immigration cases, interacting with solicitors and judges. However, it was not until 2017 (having qualified in New York in 2011) that she finally qualified as a solicitor, having demonstrated incredible tenacity to keep holding onto her dream.
She is passionate about helping others and volunteers at her church wearing many hats – adviser to the trustees, secretary, teaching at Sunday school, youth leader and mentor. She is actively involved with the Greenwich Law Alumni Network, supporting current students to achieve their professional goals, and is a trustee at Dress for Success Greater London, a not for profit organisation providing professional clothing and training to enable women’s careers.
Therese is full of praise for her tutors who were challenging, honest and supportive: “My tutors provided a support network; they really wanted to see me succeed in my career. I do not know that you get that in many other places.”