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Sophie has had the best start to her legal career in Cumbria

Published on: Tuesday 16th August 2016
Categorised under: Work, Learn , Carlisle, Cartmell Shepherd, Cumbria, Stay, University of Cumbria

Sophie Allinson, 23, an admin assistant at Cartmell Shepherd, lives in Carlisle

Sophie is pursuing a promising career in law after graduating from the University of Cumbria with a First Class honours degree in law. Sophie has big ambitions for her future in Cumbria and has no plans to leave her home county.


Sophie chose to study for a degree in law and found that the University of Cumbria had everything she was looking for.

“The University of Cumbria ticked all the boxes for me,” she said.  “The tutors are absolutely amazing and they all have so much professional experience in law. They can’t do enough for you and they want the best for all of their students.

“The campuses at the University of Cumbria feel like home and everyone gels really well.

“I love Cumbria and I’m very close to my family, so there was no reason to move when something was so perfect for me here.”

Sophie made the most of her student experience in Cumbria by getting involved in volunteering, marketing campaigns for the university – and even set up her own event.

“I was a student representative at the Cumbria Junior Lawyers Division and did volunteering with Cumbria Law Centre and the Street Law team at the university,” she said. “I also took part in a marketing campaign and got my face on a bus!

“Law is so competitive, so I wanted to gain extra experience.

“I created the first annual Law Conference at the University of Cumbria and they’ve asked me to go back as a guest speaker.

“I met Scott Garson, Cartmell Shepherd’s Practice Manager, and Managing Director Peter Stafford at the Law Conference and they offered me an opportunity at the firm.”


Cartmell Shepherd recognised Sophie’s potential and offered her a job during her postgraduate studies.

“Cartmell Shepherd have links with the University of Cumbria and they take on students to give them more experience,” she said.

“As well as working in the office, there are so many other things to get involved in.

“I took part in the Hospice at Home Colour Run, sponsored by Cartmells, and attended the Penrith Show with the firm.

“I also entered a rounders competition for other professionals in the area. It was really fun and good for networking as well.”

Ambitious Sophie will soon start a two-year training contract in Carlisle and hopes to be a partner in a law firm in the future.

“I qualify in two years, so I’d like to be an associate in ten years and I’d love to be a partner one day,” she said. “I think I’m driven enough to succeed and I see my career in Cumbria.”


Sophie has always loved life in Cumbria and can make the most of both the countryside and the city while living in Carlisle.

“Carlisle has buzz about it,” she said. “There are lots of bars and clubs and different things going on.

“If you have a stressful day, you can drive 15 minutes in any direction and end up in the countryside, or you can head into Carlisle city centre for something more upbeat.

“I’ve always loved wildlife and the countryside and I enjoy going fishing in the River Eden with my dad.

“I also like going to other cities, and Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle are really accessible from Carlisle.

“I love living and working in Cumbria and have no intention of moving anywhere else.”

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