Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to welcome London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Sophie Hosking as a trainee at the firm.
Hosking announced her decision to hang up her oars today with plans to join the magic circle firm as a trainee in September.
“Earlier this year I secured a training contract and I start studying in September to convert my science undergrad degree to law,” she told the BBC.
“Law is so wide-reaching among many different industries that I am hoping to be able to use my scientific background when I start to specialise as a solicitor.”
The 27-year old, together with her crewmate Kat Copeland, won gold at the London-hosted Olympics in the lightweight double sculls.
Hosking said in a statement: “I wanted to take some time to really think about [my future] and make sure I was making the right call. I’m really motivated, in the same way I was by rowing, about starting a career and becoming a lawyer. When I went rowing full time I really did miss using my brain. You’re constantly thinking about rowing and analysing things but in a different way.”
Hosking started her international career in 2003 as a junior and went on to win a silver medal at both the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. London was her only Olympic Games and she and Copeland were the only British lightweight oarswoman to ever win any international games.
She joins a long line of professional rowers who have become lawyers, including Jonny Searle, who won the gold medal in the coxed pair event at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and is now general counsel at Viasat Broadcasting and Tom Solesbury, who blogged for Lawyer 2B about his transition from London 2012 rower to employment solicitor at Hamlins.