Solicitor enters national competition to become Britain’s charity champion
A Southampton-based junior lawyer is set to press pause on a flourishing legal career putting her name forward for ‘The Nicest Job in Britain’.
Alice Biggar — who is legal counsel for The Automobile Association (AA) — has entered a national competition to find Britain’s next charity champion.
If successful, Biggar, who graduated from Exeter University with a first class degree in law, will spend one whole year travelling the length and breadth of the country helping over 40 UK-based charities.
As well as rolling up her sleeves and mucking in with the charity work, Biggar will also be expected to document her once-in-a-lifetime experience, posting blogs and recording YouTube videos.
Biggar, who completed her training contract at the Southampton office of Trethowans, said:
I was proud to finally qualify as a solicitor in 2013 after years of hard work and study and I am grateful to all those who played a part in that journey. I have long harboured a feeling that in among all the leather bound books and mahogany clad rooms there was also something more I could offer the world.
But why should The AA’s top legal mind get the nicest job in Britain? Continuing, she explains:
Travelling, meeting people, promoting causes, writing and making silly videos are four of my favourite activities (counting was never one of them!). My sleeves are rolled up and my bag is packed with a video camera, clean underwear and a notebook spilling full of creative ways to showcase the good work that goes on every day across our country!
But turning her back on the law does come at a cost. The overall winner of the competition will pocket a salary of £30,000, which Biggar, speaking to Legal Cheek, reveals will be a “significant pay cut”.
Last year Legal Cheek reported on Biggar’s attempt to spend just a £1 a day on food for a month. In an attempt to raise funds for the Trussell Trust — a charity tackling poverty in the UK and Bulgaria — the corporate lawyer chowed down on a concoction of reduced items, discarded food and recycled bones from her local butcher.
But what if the young solicitor does land her dream gig? Having asked whether she will turn her back on law for good, she told Legal Cheek:
Who can say where the opportunity could lead.
You can vote for Biggar here.