AREAS OF PRACTICE
Puja is a Trainee Solicitor and joined Lloyds PR Solicitors in December 2015. Her role at Lloyds PR Solicitors sees her dealing with Magistrates’ Court cases on a day to day basis, and working closely with the police station department in order to ensure a smooth transition of cases from the police station to the Magistrates’ Court. Puja is responsible for many Magistrates’ Court cases, including preparing cases involving driving offences, offences of violence, offences of dishonesty and offences of a sexual nature. Puja is responsible for preparing both private cases, and cases which are publicly funded under the legal aid scheme.
Puja is often the first port of call for clients at Lloyds PR Solicitors before their first Magistrates’ Court hearing, and can provide initial advice as to whether a client is likely to receive legal aid funding in their Magistrates’ Court matter.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Puja has obtained the following academic qualifications:
- A Commendation in the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.
- An Upper Second Class in LLB Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
She has been selected and has subsequently participated in a number of professional development training courses including with Harvard, Common Purpose and Pentland Training & Consultancy Limited.
Puja speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati and is currently learning Mandarin and German.
Puja has over five years' experience in advising private and corporate clients. She has gained experience in a number of organisations including some of the largest law firms and financial institutions in the world. Most recently she has worked within the in-house counsel function at a European bank and prior to that, she led a financial crime function at a U.S. bank that spanned across 54 countries, and maintains an interest in business crime.
In her spare time, Puja has an interest in corporate social responsibility and engaging in volunteering activities. She has conducted a significant amount of volunteer work in the UK and abroad with organisations such as the Mombasa Children's Orphanage, Lawyers Without Borders, Liberty, Stonewall and LawWorks. Her efforts have been acknowledged and she has been featured in online and print publications and has also visited the House of Commons to be awarded for her work.
Puja also enjoys writing and travelling and works as a part-time travel journalist for a Singaporean company.