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Freshfields junior lawyer to compete in Tokyo Olympics

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Caroline Chew, 27, is set to become the first Singaporean to compete in equestrian at the Games

Caroline Chew — credit: Equestrian Federation of Singapore/Facebook

A junior lawyer at Freshfields is to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

Caroline Chew, 27, has qualified for the 2020 Olympics following a last-minute withdrawal by New Zealand’s competitor. The lawyer of two years post-qualification experience posted a personal best score of 69.674 at a qualifier in Le Mans, where New Zealand’s replacement was decided, surpassing the 66 needed to qualify.

In doing so, she is set to become the first Singaporean to compete in equestrian at the Olympics.

Chew had been second in line to fill the vacated spot, but Malaysia’s Qabil Ambak, who was the first reserve, finished with a score of 64.

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Speaking to Legal Cheek, Chew said: “Qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games feels incredibly surreal — I still haven’t fully processed it.”

Chew, who started riding at the age of six, has competed in a range of tournaments, including at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the 2014 Asian Games in dressage, and at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in show jumping.

She read law at Bristol University and went on to train at Freshfields, where she now combines work as an associate specialising in antitrust in the magic circle firm’s London office, with horse-riding.

On how she manages to juggle both careers, she told us: “I’ve balanced competitive horse riding alongside my legal work since I started at Freshfields over four years ago, and this has been singularly the most challenging, as well as fulfilling, endeavour of my life.”

Chew continued:

“Pursuing this dual-career has given me huge opportunities in both spheres, allowing me to develop as a lawyer and (quite unexpectedly!) qualify for an Olympic Games. I’m very grateful to the Freshfields antitrust, competition and trade team for their support.”

Chew told us she intends to take some time off work to travel to Tokyo, focus and prepare for the event, and to “take in the experience as much as possible!”

Tokyo 2020 will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 — a year behind schedule owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

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7 Comments

Anon

She must be from huge money back home. Imagine the sort of coin it will cost to train as an Olympic-level equestrian in London.

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Anon

Sits well with whatever virtue signalling they send about socioeconomic diversity. Nowadays this a sport exclusively for rich kids.

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Anon

That’s a disingenuous criticism – taking on trainees who come from wealth doesn’t mean they can’t make efforts to hire people from poorer backgrounds too.

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Anonymous

No, it is not. A tiny percentage of people come from the privileged positions that represent a large percentage of their hires. This exposes that prejudice. Championing privilege is also clear messaging.

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Money news boi

Fieldfisher increased NQ whack to £77k FYI

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I see privileged people

Less than it probably costs to maintain a decent horse for equestrian events each year. Good times, good times.

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No-one at my school owned a horse

This will encourage the kids from working class backgrounds to apply.

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