Hello, my name is Layo. I am an articling student at Aitken Robertson. I was born in England and spent much of my childhood there before moving to Canada. I returned to England for university where I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree with honours from the University of Durham in 2020.
I have always had a passion for the law since I was young. As a third-generation lawyer, the legal profession runs in my veins. My mother is a family lawyer and my grandfather was a civil litigator. I hope to bring my professionalism and passion for advocacy to the legal profession.
In the UK lawyers are generally split into two professions, barristers and solicitors. Solicitors work for many types of organizations, including commercial or non-commercial law firms, the government, private businesses, banks and corporations. They typically work in specific different areas of the law such as family, criminal finance, or property. They advise clients, undertake negotiations and draft legal documents. It is primarily a desk job but does involve travelling to see clients and representing them in court. Barristers, on the other hand, mainly act as advocates in legal hearings, which means they stand in court and plead the case on behalf of their clients in front of a judge. They also have specialist knowledge of the law and so are often called on to give legal advice.
I am excited to practice in Canada, as I will be allowed to pursue both solicitor and barrister type work as a lawyer. However, Aitken Robertson is mostly a barrister’s practice and I hope to continue with this type of work in the future. I am very excited to start my career in Canada, a place that has been home for most of my life. While the UK system is very interesting and historic, I believe Canada is the perfect place for me to practice law.
Before graduating from university, I worked at Aitken Robertson at the front desk and writing content for our website during my summer and winter breaks.
Now, having completed my accreditation exams, I am completing my articling and preparing to write the bar exams. My time at Aitken Robertson has prepared me to continue my legal education while I complete my articles. My role now consists of assisting with research, trial preparation, Charter applications, simple court appearances such as adjournments, serving of documents, correspondence with clients, and new client intakes. I also continue to write content for our website.
I am an active member of the Peterborough and Durham Law Associations where I routinely attend continuing professional development courses.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing sports, particularly volleyball and basketball. I am also quite a fan of karaoke, movies and reading. I have recently learned how to knit and hope to complete my first sweater soon.
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