Luisa gives big thanks to parents
A 29-year-old woman Called to the Bar on Friday credited the support of her “village” for helping her to achieve the milestone.
“I owe my deepest gratitude to my family,” Luisa Olander said. “They have supported me unconditionally throughout my life — even in moments when my own self-confidence was virtually non-existent, or when I needed to be pushed from resting on my laurels.”
Ms Olander acknowledged her father, Hans Olander, for “instilling in me a thirst for learning and curiosity about the wider world.” She added: “These qualities continue to drive me today.”
Ms Olander described her mother, Marta Olander, as “one of the kindest, most generous people I know”.
She added: “She left her home and family in Costa Rica so that we could grow up in Bermuda.
“Without such a move, I would not be here before this court today.
“My mother has taught me lessons of generosity, humility and loyalty. She has prayed for me, and never failed to write me words of encouragement before each exam.
“She inspires me with her relentless strength of character every day.”
Ms Olander also highlighted help she had received from her sisters, her husband, and family members in North Macedonia and Costa Rica.
She added: “My extended family and friends were indeed the proverbial village that was needed to raise a child.
“I am for ever indebted to them.”
Ms Olander attended Royal Holloway, University of London, where she achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Classics.
She later studied at the University of Law, and then BPP University.
Ms Olander began her apprenticeship training at Appleby in September 2018.
She thanked her professional family at the law firm for their support guidance over the past year.
Ms Olander said: “I am fortunate to have benefited from their experience and support, and as a result I have a solid platform from which to begin my career.”
John Wasty, the Global Practice Group co-head of Dispute Resolution at Appleby, highlighted Ms Olander’s “strong work ethic, positive attitude and the stamina she puts into the long hours required in this profession”.
He added: “She demonstrates the characteristics to succeed and I have no doubt that she will do well in her career.”
Ms Olander told Chief Justice Narinder Hargun that she hoped to work in dispute resolution.
Mr Justice Hargun congratulated Ms Olander on the achievement in her legal career.
He added: “Well done, and no doubt you will celebrate this event with your friends and family.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Ms Olander said that she was “overjoyed”.
She added: “This means that a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifices by my family have resulted in a really good outcome.
“It was really important for me to have all of my support squad come out and see the fruit of everyone’s labour.”
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