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Mentoring the lawyers of the future

Mentoring the lawyers of the future

Kirsty Noble

Image: Kirsty Noble, Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland and Solicitor 

At Westcor International, we believe in doing things a little differently. We are changing the notion of title insurance, harnessing the intersection between technology and creativity to create products that transform our industry.

To achieve our vision, we need the help of the brightest and driven minds, which is why we’re proud sponsors of the Lawscot Foundation. Established by the Law Society of Scotland in 2016, the charity supports academically talented students from less advantaged backgrounds during their legal education journey through the provision of financial assistance and access to their mentoring programme.

As well as sponsoring the Lawscot Foundation, we are proud to announce that Kirsty Noble, our Director of Scotland & Northern Ireland, has been selected to join their programme as a mentor. 

In her role, Kirsty will be matched with a student undertaking their LLB and will be involved in supporting, encouraging, and guiding them throughout their studies and early legal career. 

She says, “I feel very privileged to be able to play a part in supporting the next generation of legal talent. I remember how daunting starting a law degree can feel. Looking back, I know that I would have benefitted from having access to support and guidance from someone who has already trodden the path at a time when I was unsure about the direction of my legal career.

“I have been a solicitor for more than thirteen years now. My own legal education and private practice experience  widened the scope of career paths for me and I’m looking forward to helping my mentee explore all the opportunities out there.”

“For some, a legal qualification can also be a stepping stone into a career beyond the practice of law. I’m in the unusual position where, throughout my career, I have worked for extended periods in both solicitor private practice and the title insurance industry. My time in practice focused on transactional commercial conveyancing and leasing and has provided the bedrock for my current specialism in underwriting complex title risks for residential, commercial and renewable energy projects. I hope that the breadth of my expertise and experience will prove useful to my mentee as they embark on their studies.”

“The work that the Lawscot Foundation does in tackling social mobility by providing access to legal education is invaluable and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to support an aspiring young person in achieving their goals. I’m excited to join them on their journey, assist with their progression and hopefully help them begin a rewarding career in the legal field.”

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