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Former chef achieves law career dream

18 July 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

David hangs up apron to become a legal eagle.

A Preston student has swapped his chef whites for the law courts after embarking on a career changing degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

David Hughes, a 27-year-old law student from Penwortham, spent eight years working as a chef for some well-known regional restaurants, including Heathcotes, before deciding that a career in law was what he wanted to pursue.

David began an apprenticeship with Heathcotes straight out of school aged 16 and learned not only how to cook food but how to run a restaurant. After going on to work in a handful of restaurants in Preston and Cumbria David started to realise that although he had been daunted by the idea of going into further education when he left school, he may have the capabilities after all.

The former chef said: “I enrolled onto a foundation degree at UCLan and that gave me the confidence to see that I was much more academically able than I’d ever given myself credit for. I’d always been interested in criminal law so I just decided to go for it and have never looked back.”

“Had someone told me five years ago what I’d been doing now I wouldn’t have believed them. It’s been a hard slog and stressful at times but completely worth it. My dream is to one day work in criminal law as I find it fascinating.”

During his studies David took an unusual internship working with the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network, which address the global violations of human rights due to the beliefs in witchcraft and spirit possession, and also gained work experience at Dylan Nair Solicitors in Penwortham.

David, who has graduated with a first class honours degree, has now secured a trainee solicitor job with Curtis Law Solicitors in Blackburn.

He added: “Had someone told me five years ago what I’d been doing now I wouldn’t have believed them. It’s been a hard slog and stressful at times but completely worth it. My dream is to one day work in criminal law as I find it fascinating.”