What International Women’s Day means to a Solicitor
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world and as it started to get closer this year I began thinking about my own career and the impact I’ve made. I thought about the people that helped me to navigate my way to where I am now and I quickly realised that many of my biggest helpers, supporters and champions have been other women pushing me to do my absolute best. I decided to take some time out to share what IWD means to me as a Solicitor practicing Corporate Law.
My legal career is built on the input, training and guidance of so many women (my mentors) wanting me to do my best. From very early days, other women have always played a huge role in my career by either championing me when I was not in the room, or mentoring me when I was in the room. Being able to see other women operate from a place of excellence has always given me the confidence and ability to drive my own career forward. In 2018 and 2019 I found myself leading on deals where more often than not, I was the only female lawyer in the room discussing multi-million-pound deals and driving negotiations forward in order to achieve the desired end for the client.
With the support of companies like Rix & Kay that provide women with the platform and environment in which they can develop and make a real impact we are able to see not only personal development of individuals increase, but also a well-rounded service for clients delivered by those individuals. At Rix & Kay we are dedicated to making law easy for our clients. It’s really not about how much we know about the law but rather, understanding what our different clients need and how we can use the law to support those needs. Being able to offer a well-rounded service which is delivered by a diverse team who “get it” is key for our clients and how we ensure that our service is personal.
IWD for me is an opportunity to celebrate, by focusing on the impact and contributions so many women have had in leading the way. With a foundation built on support and mentorship, I recognise just how important it is to stay a part of the conversation by helping to shape the future of any organisation I am a part of for the benefit of those we serve.