Dannie Slade

Paralegal
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Dannie joined Birketts in November 2022 as a Paralegal within the Banking and Finance Team. She assists the team primarily in the Norwich office, where she is based.

In the past Dannie was welcomed to Harvard and MIT as a potential future student, spending a week at MIT as part of the Sutton Trust Fulbright Scholarship Scheme; and at the same time as completing her A-Levels (receiving A*, A, A), she studied and scored highly on the ACT (American College Aptitude Tests).

In summer of 2017, Dannie graduated from the University of Exeter with an upper second class honours undergraduate degree in LLB Law. She received a first in Contract law module, and completed her dissertation on adverse possession. During her degree, she obtained experience working mini-pupillage in Chambers, shadowing a Crown Court judge, and also assisting in a small local solicitors Firm.

After graduation, Dannie gained legal leveraged finance experience working as a research analyst for Covenant Review which were acquired by Fitch at the time of her moving to her next position, with the aspiration of career development. Whilst there, she worked on data analysis and collection of deal documents, and assisted fee-earners in creating overview and risk summaries of bond and loan offerings which are sent to banks, hedge-funds, investors and such like. After Covenant Review, Dannie moved to a paralegal position in the banking team at a US-based international law firm, in London. Her work focused on high-yield bonds and loans, mostly dealing with LMA loan agreements, as well as ISDA agreements for derivative transactions.

She then relocated to the Dengie Peninsula and took a short career break to be with family during a time of need. Since then, she has moved to Norwich to continue her career.

In the future Dannie intends to undertake further courses such as the SQE or LPC to qualify as a Solicitor within Birketts, primarily focusing on Banking and Finance.

Dannie has enjoyed voluntary work in the past, for the local Catholic Church taking elderly and infirm pilgrims to Lourdes, helping run a summer camp for underprivileged local youth, an internship with CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) in the social justice team, as well as raising money for charity through sponsored challenges such as runs and working in the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance charity shop. She remains passionate about pro-bono and charity.

In her spare time, Dannie enjoys training her puppy to become a qualified service and assistance animal, sailing on 707’s at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, creative writing, upcycling used furniture and various art projects.

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