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Alex Ashall Kelly

Research chemist for Novartis

"I am now working for Novartis in London. I‘m working in drug discovery at the GDC there, which is fantastic and exactly what I want to do"

Duncan Watson

Solicitor at Stowe Family Law LLP

"I'm currently a solicitor at Stowe Family Law LLP which is the largest law firm in the country dedicated to family law.  The firm advises and acts for clients on a wide range of family law matters, including divorce and separation, cases involving children, as well as the areas of law I specialise in which include will writing, estate planning and challenging wills.

After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2002 with a degree in Colour and Polymer Chemistry I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years.  I then decided that I wanted to change direction and returned to university to study law, and retrained to become a solicitor. Even though I no longer work in a science based industry, the skills I gained when studying at Leeds are used every day.  In fact, legal firms often prefer solicitors  and barristers to come from a non-law background.   

A science based degree trains you to be methodical, analytical, and inquisitive; all essential skills for a solicitor.  I have always had an inquisitive nature, wanting to find out how things worked, and wanting to know why things are as they are.  I enjoyed science at high school, and chose to study biology, chemistry, and physics at A Level.  A degree in a science based discipline was a natural progression, and chemistry was where my interest really lay."