Radhanika Baddevithana is Principal Solicitor for RSB Solicitors, a practice she started herself. Based in Woolwich, London, the practice specialises in employment law, immigration law, family law, landlord and tenant and civil litigation. Radhanika also offers work experience and guidance to secondary school and undergraduate students.
What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?
My name is Radhanika Baddevithana. Being a foreign graduate who has obtained an LLB from Sri Lanka and since qualifying as a Solicitor in the UK in 2003, I was very keen to do a Masters Degree in the UK in an area of interest. I developed a keen interest in Employment Law and was thrilled when I heard of the LLM in Employment Law programme offered by the University of Surrey. I was enrolled for the LLM in Employment Law programme during the period from September 2005 to September 2007 and was awarded the LLM in Employment Law in March 2008.
What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?
My strongest memory was the beautiful Surrey University where we had the opening day and meeting all my course tutors like Richard Benny, Robert Upex and others who were warm and friendly. I enjoyed the lecture sessions conducted during the weekends at the nearby hotel which was very convenient for full time working professionals like me and it was also great that the module course work could be submitted on line. Finally, I felt very proud to be awarded the LLM in Employment Law at an elegant graduation ceremony in March 2008 and I recall with pride how my little 4 year old son, Ranjeeva clapped and clapped when the Awards were being made to the many students of different disciplines.
What is the one thing you would say about Surrey (or your course) to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
I would highly recommend the LLM in Employment Law postgraduate course offered by the University of Surrey to other prospective Solicitors, paralegals, HR professionals as this course gave me an in depth knowledge of Employment Law and the Award of LLM in Employment Law helped me to enhance my career prospects and climb up the ladder of success quickly.
How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey postgraduate, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?
As a person, the LLM in Employment Law programme helped me to conduct efficient research, improve my analytical skills, essay writing skills and deal with complex issues in a case in a practical way and these skills eventually helped me to progress in my chosen career as a Solicitor and climb up the ladder of success quickly. The LLM in Employment Law awarded by the University of Surrey helped me to soon after embark on a professional career as the Head of an Employment Department in a major High Street Law Firm and eventually to start my own practice, RSB Solicitors.
What has been your career highlight to date?
My career highlight to date is starting my own practice, RSB Solicitors in Woolwich, London. As the Principal Solicitor of RSB Solicitors, I find my line of work which includes Employment Law, Immigration Law, Family Law, Landlord & Tenant and Civil Litigation interesting and highly rewarding. I provide work experience and guidance to secondary school students who are required to complete compulsory work experience and to undergraduate law students who are keen to get practical experience in the field of law.
What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
My top tips for students aspiring to work in my profession is to study for a LLM in Employment Law or any other Masters Degree from the University of Surrey as it will definitely improve your research skills, analytical skills, essay writing skills and your ability to deal with complex issues in a case in a practical way. These skills which you will gain from any Masters Degree at the University of Surrey will eventually help you to progress in your chosen career and climb up the ladder of success quickly.
I take this opportunity to give my thanks and gratitude to my tutors, Richard Benny and Robert Upex.