There are two solicitors on The Apprentice 2014 — and one is ex-Slaughter and May

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St Albans family lawyer Lauren Riley and ex-Slaughter and May associate Felipe Alviar-Baquero to battle it out before Sir Alan in this year’s show


Yesterday we reported that this year’s The Apprentice was to feature a solicitor, whose identity had yet to be revealed.

Overnight, the names of the show’s contestants have been released — and it turns out that there is not just one solicitor on the show, but two.

The first, Felipe Alviar-Baquero (pictured above), is a City lawyer who spent four years at magic circle giant Slaughter and May before going on to work at the London office of top US firm Latham & Watkins.


According to LinkedIn, 33 year-old Alviar-Baquero — who got a first in his law degree at Kent University before going on to get a distinction in the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at Oxford — is currently working for energy insurance consultants Indecs, having left Latham in May after nearly four years at the firm.

The second is Lauren Riley, a 28 year-old family solicitor at Labrums Solicitors in St Albans. Lancaster University graduate Riley appears to be the “glamorous solicitor” who took a pop at her fellow lawyers in a quote released on Twitter yesterday.


In the promotional literature for the show, Riley is quoted as saying:

“I’m absolutely not a shrinking violet. I’m very known for speaking my own mind.”

Meanwhile, Alviar-Baquero is being billed with this strapline:

“I studied law because I wanted to change the world. But my real passion is business.”

What will Sir Alan Sugar make of this pair? The show starts next Tuesday.


Paul Summerfield

Hold on…

You have to ask the following question:

Is there something amiss when you give up practising as a solicitor to go on a TV show, albeit for a short time.

For those who watch The Apprentice, please keep us posted.



Make of this pair of what?


Clapham Omnibus Fare Dodger

I watched Felipe’s interview clip online and he seems like a really nice, humble, down to earth guy. He’s not the pompous git we might have been expecting.

As for Lauren,…. well… let’s wait and see.


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