Zahra Samadi started working at AKD in 2015, as a student. Now she is a lawyer and a mother. Her work as part of the Banking team is dynamic and unpredictable, regularly playing merry hell with family logistics. But Zahra wouldn't have it any other way. “Transacting gives me so much energy!” As a law student, I was curious to find out how the theoretical stuff I was learning clicked with the practical side of the law. That is why I started working as a legal assistant - a jack of all trades of sorts - in the Banking & Finance practice group. There was instant chemistry. In fact, only a year later I was offered a job as a paralegal. It would mean that as a paralegal I could slide into the training programme for the legal profession straight away.
It was a wonderful opportunity: I started working four days a week, learning the tricks of the trade from my colleagues. At the same time, I continued my study programme, taking classes at night and on Fridays. That's how I got through my final years of my bachelor's degree and every year of my master's degree. Not the easiest of schedules, not at all, but I knew what I was doing it for: I invest in AKD, they invest in me. That felt great - it still does!
Even so, I did not get stuck into the professional training programme right away in 2018, for in 2019 my little boy was born. I wanted to take the time to get used to our new life and not to have to bury my nose in the books straight away. The AKD partner who mentored me at the time was very understanding, which was great. The firm allowed me time to get on with the training whenever I was ready. When our little boy turned two, I felt the need to enhance my development. Which is why in 2021 I started the professional training programme and was sworn in as a lawyer.