Husnara Begum, editor and careers consultant

Hello, welcome to my website, an online careers and well-being site for aspiring and qualified lawyers. I launched CheekyLittleCareers in summer 2020 with help from my brother Sanu, a City banker, as a way to pass time during the Covid19 lockdown. Since then, the site has rapidly grown into a unique and essential resource jam packed with free content to help law students, solicitors and barristers to successfully navigate a career in law.

About me

I studied Law at the University of Warwick before joining Linklaters, a top five City law firm, as a trainee solicitor. On qualification, I specialised in advising blue chip clients on public M&A and equity capital markets deals.

I left legal practice to pursue a career as a legal journalist and secured a role on leading business-to-business title, The Lawyer, where I spent almost a decade. In addition to spending many years as the City editor, I was also responsible for researching and writing careers-related content for both aspiring and qualified solicitors and barristers and was often invited to speak at industry events.

I set up my own consultancy in early 2013 initially focussing on legal recruitment before shifting more towards career coaching, outplacement and soft skills training, including time management, resilience, personal branding and networking. I also regularly run media training for senior lawyers and help them develop robust press strategies to promote their work. My corporate clients comprise a growing roster of City and US law firms as well as a top post-graduate law school.

As an Asian female and the first person in my family to go to university, I am a big advocate for boosting diversity and social mobility in the professions and especially enjoy working with people from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds.

I also enjoy working with junior members of the legal profession, especially those graduates preparing for life as fully-fledged lawyers. Whilst as a recruiter I have helped a large number of lawyers to secure positions with the London offices of high-profile US law firms. I also work very closely with the Law Society and in addition to organising careers events for them I head their careers clinic.

“With her personable and perceptive style, Husnara quickly gained my trust and completely rebuilt my confidence through her tailored support programme. Without her expert advice, I would not have approached my interviews with the same determination or self-assurance, and definitely would not have secured multiple job offers. I would recommend her sessions to anyone changing firms,” mid-level corporate lawyer, top City firm

“I booked a two hour interview coaching session with Husnara. Booking the session was really easy and Husnara worked around me to find a suitable time. The interview took place on Zoom and was split in to two one hour segments. The first half concentrated on any worries or questions I had and was extremely useful at identifying areas of weakness and addressing them. As a former MC lawyer legal journalist, Husnara was able to share her vast experience with excellent insights. I felt more confident about my answers before we embarked on the second part which was a mock interview. At the end, I received really useful feedback which will make me a stronger candidate at interview. An excellent coach, she is friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. I felt my session was excellent value, ” Career changer / aspiring lawyer

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