Gabrielle Ross has deferred the start of her training contract at the leading City firm for another year due to the success of Beau Bra, a luxury lingerie company she launched as a student in 1999.
Beau Bra, with its saucy trademark front-fastening ribbons, are favoured by celebs such as Kelly Brook and Atomic Kitten, and are sold in more than 30 countries around the world.
Ross, 27, who began manufacturing bras during her two years at the College of Law in Guildford, admits that her legal background has helped her take on the business world.
"I was so cocky in the beginning," she said. "Someone let me down and I was able to sue them, which gave me the money to help set up the rest of the business."
But Ross, who was originally due to commence her training in September 1998, is certain that she does want to train as a lawyer - she just doesn't know when. "Fashion is so fickle, you just don't know if you are coming or going," she said. "One of the things I miss most about working in law is the clarity and the intellectual challenge. But I just don't know which way I am going to go. There are so many opportunities out there."
She added: "Simmons & Simmons have been so supportive and tolerant. They even gave me legal advice when I needed it."
A Simmons & Simmons spokesperson said that subject to Law Society limits, Ross's place will remain open for as long as required.