In this, our 50th year, we take a look back at how Leo Cussen has shaped the legal profession. We have been inspired by our Alumni and are delighted to share some of these interviews with you.
After completing Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen in 2015, Shai Sommer is now a Family and Relationship Lawyer. We had the pleasure of interviewing Shai and learning about his career in law after PLT.
1. Why did you choose a career in law?
I chose a career in law because I enjoy navigating through issues and problem solving. I also regularly watched Boston Legal whilst in high school.
2. What is your current role and what led you to this role/ chapter of your career?
I am a Senior Associate and Accredited Family Law Specialist at Lander & Rogers.I developed an interest in family law whilst at university, which was further enhanced as I gained practical experience as a paralegal and then at Leo Cussen. Whilst I started my career in a different industry, after approximately 2 years I found myself returning to family law.
3. What motivates you in your legal career?
Assisting clients through what are arguably some of the most challenging periods in their lives.
4. What do you remember most about your time at Leo Cussen?
The mentors, the focus on practical learning and friends.
5. What advice would you give a law graduate /junior lawyer in moving into their career?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Discover your interests and then pursue them.
6. What does whole life balance look like to you?
It is easy for work to become all-consuming. For me, life balance means spending time with family, taking the time to exercise and maintaining passions outside of the profession.
7. What positive activity have you seen in the law and why does it matter?
I have seen a positive shift in firms focusing on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Recognising the importance of mental health and work/life balance are particularly important in the legal profession where lawyers are often under high levels of stress. Speaking about and attending to mental health is a positive thing.
8. What do you hope for the future of law?
For the positive steps taken in recent years (flexible working conditions, mental health, minority inclusion etc.) to continue.
9. What does the ideal legal profession look like?
A strong and supportive community.
We are grateful to Shai for his time to undertake this interview and we are proud of our rich alumni history inspiring peers and future lawyers with their valuable contribution to the legal industry.