Western Mail, 19th March 2014

Director with Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice, Melanie Hamer, will be returning to her old school next week to encourage pupils to aim high in their careers.

Ms Hamer will be addressing sixth-formers at Aberdare Girls’ School, which she attended.

She said: “I was brought up in Aberdare in a working-class family and I will be telling the girls that there is no reason why they cannot have very successful careers. When I was in school a teacher told me I was ‘aiming too high’. As a result I applied for a job in the bank.

“However, a week before I was due to start with the bank my A-level results came through and I was able to go to Aberystwyth University and then pursue a career in law.”