Horses for courses... Holly’s route to a legal career

Holly Jessop (second right) says she ‘fell into’ being a successful lawyer

Holly Jessop is a Paris lawyer but could not speak any French when her family moved to rural Mayenne from Dorset nearly two decades ago.

She was 11 at the time and went into cinquième year at a local school with what she described as “zero” French.

“I think I got through my first year because I learnt everything by heart,” she said. “I didn’t understand a word.

“This was rural France more than 15 years ago. The reaction was that I had to learn French and that there was nobody to help me.”

She added: “I was good at languages which helped and it wasn’t too too bad for me. It was more difficult for my younger brother. He was two years younger and he’s not a language person like me so it took more time.”

The move itself had been a big undertaking. The ...

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