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Online Graduate Profile Michael J Fay 19/02/2020  
Name: Michael J Fay QC
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quote: [I found that it was helpful that so many of the lecturers had practical experience.]

Course: LLB Hons Law
Year: 1988
Job title: Queen's Counsel and Deputy Justice of the Court of Appeal
Employer: Agon Litigation

Current role?
I practice at the Bar in the British Virgin Islands. My practice is primarily corporate litigation, commercial litigaiton, civil fraud, trust disputes and finanical services disputes.

As a Deputy Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, I hear a full range of appeals in respect of civil, family and criminal matters.

Typical day?
There is no such thing as a typical day.

Career developments?
I attended the Inns of Court School of Law in London and was admitted to the Bar in 1989.

I practiced in the UK (from chambers in Birmingham and in London) until 1996 when I relocated to the British Virgin Islands.

I was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2013, and was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2015. In 2018, I was appointed as a Deputy Justice of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

I sold my business in 2014 and took a 30 month sabbatical (working occasionally and sitting as a Judge from time to time). I returned to full time work in 2017.

Challenges?
Lots of challenges, but also a lot of luck. It helps to be lucky but you need to look for it, and work any opportunity that come your way.

Your NTU experience?
When I studied at Nottingham Law School, the expectation was that the majority of students would proceed to law school and qualify as a solicitor. The course, albeit an academic one, had a strong practical element that some of my friends at other law schools did not benefit from. I found that it was helpful that so many of the lecturers had practical experience - our experience was that the law was there to solve problems and not just as an academic exercise.

Advice for others?
Seek advice, and then make up your own mind. Don't be afraid to be different. Treat every set back as an opportunity to do something differently. Don't cry over split milk.

Can you share some exam revision tips?
1. Read previous exam questions and specimen answers. Examiners are not very inventive and the same questions tend to be asked again and again.
2. Read the questions, and answer them.
3. It is never too late to learn something new.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Nottingham Law School was very friendly and supportive, although I did not exactly sail though my degree without any incidents.

Career highlights?
A very difficult question. Probably being called to the Bar, and then be appointed as Queen's Counsel. My parents were present for both ceremonies.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I listen to advice from anybody that offers it, and seek it out from others. However, I then make up my own mind.

Plans for the future?
I am now 55. I enjoyed a 30 month sabbatical when I was 49, and will look ot wind down again in a few years. I would like to continue sitting as a Judge for as long as I am asked.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-fay-qc-fciarb-50a73415/
Online Graduate Profile Paul J Willstead 19/02/2020  
Name: Paul Willstead
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quote: [I gained invaluable details on how to succeed at the Bar from practising and former Counsel on the BPTC.]

Course: Law (GDL & BPTC)
Year: 2015
Job title: Barrister
Employer: Rowchester Chambers

Current role?
Representing clients in Criminal, Immigration, Family, Landlord & Tenant, Aviation, Public and Civil law cases.

Typical day?
A drive to a Crown or County Court. Advising a client on the proceedings, taking instructions. Addressing legal matters before a Judge, making submissions and cross examining a witness/defendant. Then receiving and reviewing the papers for the next day's case.

Career developments?
I clerked in the County Court for a year in Derby. I then represented clients on the Court Duty Scheme in the East Midlands for a housing charity. I then became a paralegal in Liverpool, representing clients in the North West in Family and Housing matters. I was involved in international Hague Convention cases in the Royal Courts of Justice & backing QCs in reported cases. I then obtained pupillage in Birmingham where I was offered tenancy before the pupillage was completed.

Challenges?
As I was not an Oxbridge graduate and I was a mature student, I faced challenges from Chambers, who recruit specific types of candidates which I wasn't. So I networked and travelled nationwide gaining experience and building a solid reputation with Barristers. On this reputation I was offered pupillage based on my experience and even managed to reduce my pupillage by 25%.

Your NTU experience?
I gained invaluable details on how to succeed at the Bar from practising and former Counsel on the BPTC. This I utilised to maximise my opportunities at the Bar.

Advice for others?
Belief and perseverance. If you are doing it you have the skill. But success is about belief in what you do, losing the imposter syndrome, and getting up when you're feeling low. Most of life is guff and bluster, we all don't really know what we are doing, you're not alone.

Can you share some exam revision tips?
Repetition is hell, but it's the best way. You are taught to pass, so the work you do in lectures, seminars etc is enough to pass, but by continually going over the work and slowly expanding your reading and knowledge, you go from a pass to first class.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Network like hell. I spent most of my time 'pimping' myself to Barristers in Court. I'm sure it bored them to hell, but I did it for three years at every opportunity. Those that get it, grease the right wheels and speak to the right people.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I have always enjoyed my time at NTU. The teaching faculty as well as the admin staff support and assist where they can.

Career highlights?
It was becoming a Commercial Pilot (Captain) - but the work I've needed to complete in joining the Bar, this surpasses it as it has taken more than just training to get here.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Practitioners. They knew the route through, the pitfalls and how to maximise my talents to stick out from the crowd.

Any other information?
I was brought up in a council house and my mum ran a corner shop. I am not exceptional in my heritage, nor wealthy enough to jump barriers. I took advantage of every opportunity and fought like hell to succeed, but I have always been nice to everyone. Being nice is not a short time gain, its a long time success.

Plans for the future?
For the next five years I want to build a strong common law practice. After that, I will consider whether I want to try to gain silk or join the judiciary. For now, it's about doing as many cases as I can and experiencing as much of the law as my clerk will allow me to.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-willstead-82679891/
Online Graduate Profile Baaqir Parihar 18/02/2020  
Name: Baaqir Parihar
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quote: [My experience at NTU has definitely shaped, not only my career, but me as a person and professional.]

Course: Msc Quantity Surveying
Year: 2019
Job title: Assistant Quantity Surveyor
Employer: Conlon Construction (Nottingham) Ltd

Current role?
Working as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor for a main contractor, my current role involves assisting in commercial management of construction projects such as project costing, valuation performing risk and value management along with liaising with clients, site teams and subbies.

Typical day?
A typical day for me involves assisting in establishing a clients requirements, undertaking feasibility studies, valuing ongoing projects, tender process and preparing subcontract enquiries/quotation comparisons and subcontract documents. If need be, I go on site and do the required work as directed by my senior QS, my mentor Mr Matthew Klemp.

Career developments?
My career started to develop from my very first day at NTU. Before graduation, I got offered a job as an assistant quantity surveyor with Conlon Construction (Nottingham) Ltd and have been working there since. I found this job opportunity on the Futurehub platform offered by the NTU Employability team.

Through this job I have enhanced my skills from the theoretical level to the practical world. While I was still in NTU I learned many other skills such as leadership, organization and interpersonal skill which I am applying at my workplace now - thank you NTU!

Challenges?
Moving to the UK to pursue my MSc degree was a challenging experience for me. I moved away from a country that I was born and raised in. Living alone and away from home had its own challenges which I had to undergo along with the academic challenges that my course had. My journey started from coming into the UK on the 15th of September 2018 as a Tier 4 Student, pursuing my masters, dealing with my finances, managing my time, developing my skills, securing a job in my field of work and switching to a Tier 2 worker under the UK immigration rules. The friends I made here at NTU along with my family back home were a constant support and I tried to stay focused and confident in every situation.

Your NTU experience?
I chose NTU for its environment and the opportunities it offered. Being a part of NTU was the beginning of my career change and a defining experience in my life. Interacting with, and studying around, so many different people from different cultures all over the world helped me to create a network. My experience at NTU has definitely shaped, not only my career, but me as a person and professional.

Advice for others?
Be open to new and different things. Make the most of your time and take every opportunity. Be honest and be yourself.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I found Nottingham Trent very supportive overall. It is an extremely supportive community and I did not hesitate asking for help whenever I needed it.

Career highlights?
Gaining work experience in the UK within my relevant field at 24 years of age is a dream come true.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
There is no particular place where I have taken inspiration from. Inspiration can be from anybody, found within anything at any time and place. I take advice from people whom I respect and my mentors and tutors I have had throughout my life. I also do discuss most of my life situations with my father.

Plans for the future?
My future plan is to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and excel in the construction industry.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/baaqir-parihar-872430162/
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