Chloe Lake, conveyancing trainee and future Miss Universe?
A trainee solicitor has been picked as a finalist for Miss Universe Great Britain.
Chloe Lake, who works in Wilson Browne Solicitors' residential conveyancing team, is one of around 30 participants selected for the 2023 Miss Universe Great Britain competition in July. The winner will go on to represent the country at the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador at the end of the year.
Chloe told RollOnFriday that she is "hugely appreciative" of Wilson Browne Solicitors sponsoring her for the competition. "I have felt an immense level of support from my colleagues across all levels," she said. "I think it’s really special that the firm recognises that this is something that I am passionate about and that I can use it as a force for good."
The trainee said she will use the platform "to try and make an impact on the causes" that mean the most to her "such as Mental Health Awareness and Social Mobility."
"I started competing aged 16 as a way to make new friends and grow in confidence," Chloe told RollOnFriday. "I probably came dead last in my first competition – but I loved it," she said. Since then, she has represented Scotland internationally in the USA, and raised thousands of pounds for charities across the UK.
The pageant finalist has supported mental health charity Mind for a number of years. "More recently, I’ve experienced my own struggles, and since recovering from this last year I have been championing discourse around the subject, particularly in the legal profession," she told RollOnFriday.
She also ran the London Marathon this year raising £3,600 for Mind, and has started a fitness based fundraiser, for A-Sisterhood - a charity that supports women in the UK and globally.
Jenny Woodruff, Head of residential conveyancing at Wilson Browne told RollOnFriday: “Everyone at Wilson Browne Solicitors is delighted with Chloe’s achievement in being shortlisted for Miss Universe Great Britain".
Woodruff said that pageant competitions have given the trainee "a platform to raise awareness of the issues she feels strongly about – in particular mental health issues, which is an issue we all need to be aware of when facing the workload and pressures that often exist in the business of law."
“We are a firm that has a strong identity: a firm that embraces equality, diversity and inclusion, and we support our people in as many ways as we can inside or outside of work," said the partner.
In other recent news about legal professionals taking a hobby to another level - last week, an Australian lawyer made the Eurovision final.
Woodruff added: “Chloe perhaps put it best in her own words: ‘competing in pageants doesn’t make me anti-feminist. It’s my way of embracing and celebrating the feminine!’. If we can support her in that, through sponsoring her that can only be a good thing, and her colleagues will be cheering her on.”