Whitney Joseph

I am an Associate in the market leading Banking and Finance team at the London office of the global law firm Mayer Brown International LLP, where I advise on complex financial transactions.

As a black, state school educated female, living with the complications of sickle cell disease my career journey was more challenging than most, but has been incredibly rewarding. As a Social Mobility Ambassador for the Law Society of England and Wales, I have helped to raise the profile of social mobility, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession by demonstrating how the profession can better support candidates from less traditional backgrounds.

In 2017 I set up The City Prescription, which provides advice and guidance on matters relating to education and employment to young people living with long-term health conditions, particularly Sickle Cell Disorder. Through this, I raise awareness of the condition and helps to provide support and mentoring to young people on how to better understand their academic and professional options and pursue a range of careers.

In my spare time I act as a mentor for the Royal London Hospital, the Sickle Cell Society, the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme and in an individual capacity to support students and young people. I speak at events to share my own experiences and best practice in relation to social mobility, diversity and inclusion and help to highlight the challenges faced by minority groups. I help to raise awareness and understanding of what firms and businesses can do to support students and also encourage young people to consider how they can help themselves to overcome some of the challenges.