Business Analyst (Financial Crime Compliance), HSBC
Why did you choose Lancaster Law School?
I had confidence from researching other universities that Lancaster University had an exceptionally strong Law School and would provide me with all the core academic support that I would need during my degree. I also knew that it had a good reputation in the market place and so would stand me in good stead when leaving university and applying for jobs.
However, what attracted me to Lancaster Law School the most was the amount of extra initiatives and pro bono work available. In particular, the opportunity to volunteer with the Lancaster University Innocence Project was something that really stood out to me. Only a handful of universities in the world had partnered with the Innocence Project at that time and this was a big selling point for me.
What was your time here was like and what was studying Law at Lancaster is like?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying Law at Lancaster. The facilities were excellent, having the right blend of modern and traditional. The modules offered were varied, challenging and interesting, and the Tutors were supportive and approachable, as well as being experts in their respective areas, which goes a long way in building credibility.
Alongside my studies, I worked on and eventually ran the Lancaster University Innocence Project and volunteered regularly for the Law School at open evenings and weekends, which was thoroughly enjoyable. I also took on a part time job through the help of the Law School working for the College of Law, who were my future LPC provider. All in all, I felt I was given ample opportunity not only to complete my degree successfully, but also to enrich my CV beyond study, which is of paramount importance in the current market place, especially for those looking to pursue a career in the law.
We’d also like to know a bit about your career path and how your Law degree from Lancaster helped you/ will help you in your career.
When making a decision on what to study at university I always knew that a degree in Law would give me a solid foundation from which to build a successful career. If I wanted to pursue a career in law, studying law obviously made sense as the quickest and most direct route to doing so. However, even if I decided to pursue an alternative path (as I eventually did), I knew the skills acquired from undertaking a degree such as Law would be admired and sought after elsewhere.
Studying Law at Lancaster helped me secure vacation schemes at a law firm every summer during university and then a full-time job as a Graduate Paralegal after graduation.
I currently work for HSBC in London as a Business Analyst on a Financial Crime Compliance programme. This is a global initiative brought about by a lot of what has been seen in the news in recent years and is regulatory in nature. My work covers HSBC’s response to the Deferred Prosecution Agreement they have with the United States Justice Department regarding their inadequate compliance with anti-money laundering and sanctions laws. A Law degree wasn’t a pre-requisite to this role, but it certainly went a long way in helping me secure it. On paper, having a Law degree from a university like Lancaster was impressive to those that reviewed my CV and hired me, but, more importantly, the associated skills that I have gained from studying law, and the analytical mind that is well known to come from those who study law was of great interest to HSBC. I have since been offered a role with Lloyds Banking Group working in their Digital Propositions programme in London. This will be looking after and implementing all of Lloyds’ digital initiatives across the UK.