Shaper: Claudine Adeyemi

Claudine Adeyemi is Founder and CEO of Career Ear – a careers advice and recruitment platform enabling employers to engage with young, diverse quality talent. She is also Founder of The Student Development Co., a non-profit organisation which provides career-related support for 16-24 year olds from less privileged backgrounds. Though currently on a sabbatical, Claudine is an Associate in Mishcon’s Real Estate Dispute Resolution team.

Realising that she wasn’t destined to be a doctor after watching a few episodes of Casualty as a child, Claudine’s inspiration to become a lawyer was solidified by watching Legally Blonde, and the rest is history.

She is a member of the Property Litigation Association and in 2015 was listed in Property Week’s “Top Forty Under 40”, and was also “Highly Commended” as Junior Lawyer of the Year in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2015, recognised as a Rising Star in the We Are The City Awards 2016, Black British Business Awards 2016 (finalist) and The Powerlist 2017. In May 2018, Claudine was named number one in the EMpower Top 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List presented by Financial Times, having ranked in the top 30 in the same list in 2017.

Follow claudine on Twitter @ClaudineAdeyemi.


“I found that I was studying and enjoying subjects and certain skills that complimented being a lawyer, and the rest is history.”

“Growing up, there was no one to get advice from about what you should be thinking about doing, how to figure out career paths, how to think about what you should be studying.”

“My school supported me and I was able to grasp a couple of opportunities that came up.”

“I also did things off of my own back. At 16 I had my CV in hand which had next to nothing on it, walked down my local high street and went into every single law firm I could find and asked them to take me for a week, a day, anything.”

“I started building up my networks and knowledge.”

“It’s about thinking outside of the box.”

“I really enjoy problem solving and practising as a lawyer was an opportunity for me to hone in those skills.”

“At 11 years old, I didn’t realise the career I wanted was in an industry that was super elitist with a low representation of black people.”

“Mishcon is super supportive so I got to be a bit more flexible with my working day.”

“It’s been quite an interesting journey.”

“I have to accept that I have become somewhat of a role model.”

“I am really passionate about the development of people and their skills.”

“You go through periods where you do feel on top of it and you go through other periods where you feel completely overwhelmed.”