Yorkshire Lawyer Goes Back to School

William Kinread returned to his alma mater, Sedbergh School, last week (26 May) to talk to pupils about his career as a solicitor and author. His presentation to those in Years 11 and 12 provided plenty of inspiration and practical advice for anyone considering a career in the legal profession.

The visit to Sedbergh coincided with the publication of William’s second novel, Escapement, in which he draws on memories from his time at the school to provide context and background history for its main character.

Using the example of his book and events from the years he has spent working as a lawyer, William highlighted the versatility of a law degree and explored pathways and options for those keen to know more. The talk was enthusiastically received by pupils, who also took part in a question-and-answer session.

“I was delighted to visit the school and see the developments that had been made since I was there in the 1970s,” said William. “Some of the facilities such as the Hirst Centre are truly impressive and show the step-up that the school has taken to maintain its premier ranking.

“Some things never change, though, and the family atmosphere and determination to succeed is still palpable. The students who attended the talk were a bright bunch of switched-on young people with so much potential and promise. It was a pleasure to spend time with them and help in any way I could.”

Benjamin Collins, the school’s alumni director, added: “We are extremely grateful that William was able to take time out from his busy schedule to visit us. The pupils really enjoyed his talk and benefited enormously from the insight he was able to share. Regular careers talks are an important part of our syllabus and help pupils to appreciate the opportunities available to them.”

William was born and raised in Ripon, where he still lives today with his wife, son and dog. During his last year at Sedbergh School, he won a national writing competition, whereupon he was invited to attend the illustrious Savile Club, in London’s Mayfair. A top book publisher said that, although he had “an obvious talent for writing”, William needed “more experience of life”. More than 40 years later – and with a highly successful career in the legal world – he certainly has that.

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