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Law graduate’s dream becomes a reality

Date 18.03.2021

University of Northampton Law graduate, Prince Sadiq Chaudhury, has realised his dream by qualifying as a solicitor.

Born in Bangladesh, Prince moved to the UK aged 12 and embraced the UK education system, developing a love of learning, and a strong ethos to always strive to achieve his dreams.

After a successful career within the family business, and a stint as a local councillor in Northampton, Prince decided it was time to follow his, and his father’s dream, to study the Law at the University of Northampton.

In his 40’s, Prince wasn’t fazed to be returning to education as a mature student. Speaking about his return to education Prince said: “I think it’s really important to liberate yourself through education. I knew I was going to be much older than many of the other students joining the University when I was, although I was a bit unsure at first, I soon understood that age was just a number when studying the Law.”

Prince threw himself into University life, playing for the men’s Students’ Union Football team, running as a student council member alongside his studies, and life with a young family.

Commenting on his University days, Prince said:” I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northampton. My tutors were extremely supportive throughout my studies, with guidance and advice about the Law, academic styles, and getting back into education after many years working.”

English isn’t Prince’s first language; this has inspired his career moves, Prince said: “Although I’ve lived in the UK since I was 12, we spoke Bangladeshi at home and most of the time within the family business. It took a lot of focus to get to grips with the legal language. It was this that inspired me to focus my legal work on supporting the Bangladeshi community in Northamptonshire.

“I want to support my community to have the best possible support when needing legal advice, frequently I’ve supported members of the community with property and business sales and purchases, bridging that language gap has been an asset and support to my clients.”

Prince now works for Shepherd & Co Solicitors in Towcester, Northamptonshire, but looking to the future, he’s not ruling out coming back to education again, he said: “Covid has encouraged lots of people to change their path and consider a career change. I hope I can inspire the Bangladeshi community and anyone who wishes to have further education and a professional career in the later stages of life to take the brave step and go for it.

“Now I’m qualified a solicitor, I’m keen to keep learning as I practice the law, I won’t stop learning and developing. I’ve got an idea that I might progress into a PhD, and Northampton would be the natural choice when I’m ready for that.”