Name: Matt Verrell

Specialist area(s): Law and financial services across all levels of experience, particularly mid-career professionals

Please contact me about: 1-2-1 Career MOTs and Become Your Own Recruiter sessions, 1-2-1 Coaching and 1-2-1 skills training

I started my professional career as a trainee solicitor at Allen & Overy, before qualifying into the firm’s leveraged finance team. I worked on a number of high-profile financings and had the opportunity of working in Moscow for six months. I then joined the corporate team at Fladgate, where I enjoyed getting involved in a broad range of general lending and real estate finance transactions.

After deciding to leave law I spent some time reflecting on what was most important to me and concluded it was helping and supporting others. As such, I became a carer, working with individuals struggling with varying forms and stages of dementia. I furthered my experience in this field by working as part of a team delivering end-of-life and palliative care.

Witnessing life from the viewpoint of someone at the end of theirs, completely shifted my own perspective. I developed a passion for working with others and supporting them to make the most of their opportunities.

I’m now a qualified coach, having completed a diploma in personal performance coaching at The Coaching Academy. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation, a global organisation whose members are committed to upholding high standards of coaching, conduct and ethics within the profession. I work with ambitious and talented people, particularly lawyers, through times of change and support them to effectively stand out from the crowd.  I’m a strong advocate for not being held back by self-imposed limitations and believe every challenge holds huge opportunity.

‘After working with Matt, I feel much more confident in my abilities and see my career trajectory in a positive, broader way. I am also now much more self-confident about voicing my concerns and opinions. This change has also been noticed by my manager and colleagues and is reflected in my work and participation. I was able to feed the self-awareness and ambitions recognised from my coaching sessions back into my organisation’s yearly planning. I now view my uniqueness of background and lived experience as an opportunity, not a limitation.’   Career Changer

Aside from my regular blogs, I’ve had the pleasure of co-hosting various virtual events with CheekyLittleCareers, including The University of Law’s National Law Fair and How to Overcome Barriers to Change. I’m also delighted to be part of CheekyLittleCareers’ new trailblazing programme ‘INCLUDED and retained’ helping trainees from under-represented groups reach their full potential and thrive in law.