Ranjit Sond, Senior Solicitor: Personal Injury
Working as a personal injury solicitor
“I work in Essex as a senior claimant personal injury solicitor with Thompsons Solicitors, the largest trade union personal injury firm in the UK.
"I got a taste for personal injury work as a trainee and what appealed to me was the notion of helping somebody piece their life back together following an accident.
"Being injured can affect every aspect of your life from not being able to go to work to family issues like not being able to take your kids to school in the morning.
"The personal injury industry has been the subject of lots of changes under the current coalition government so it is now more challenging than ever, but I am still enjoying my work. It's really not as seedy as the TV and radio adverts make it look!"
Studying at Derby
“The course was very well structured with a particular emphasis on practical skills which very few universities were doing at the time. There were students on my LPC course from other universities who had no idea where to begin with advocacy or interview techniques. The degree programme at Derby therefore gave me a head start in this respect.
"However, the commitment of the lecturers impressed me the most. They always made the time to talk to you and address any concerns you had.
"I had a very enjoyable learning experience at Derby. I am still in touch with the staff there and I’m now involved with giving career talks from time to time. I am also a mentor to two law students."