Careers

My Pride Story: Next-gen leaders

In my 24 years as a lawyer I have always been open about my sexual orientation at work. In the early days this wasn’t the easiest path to tread. There were very few out lawyers who one could look up to as role models. Things have definitely improved.  I now have a wide pool of […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Projecting Pathos

What a timely moment to be looking at the role that pathos plays in signifying authority and credibility. If you are in the UK, then this month’s general election campaign provides an excellent opportunity to journey through the anthropological safari park and observe potential leaders up and down the country stake their claim. Meanwhile in […]

My Pride Story: The ‘other’ mother

It took a long time after Willow was born for me to start to feel like a “parent”. Society links “parenthood” to if you provided the genetics, and people feel they are owed an explanation on who her dad is and what we know about him. I’ve had people immediately gloss over me and ask […]

The Lawyer Podcast: WANTED – A female leader

Law firms have long had a problem with gender equality. Partners and senior leaders are weighted heavily towards men, with an average of 2.35 male partner to every female partner in the UK Top 100 firms. However, that number has actually improved in the last five years – down from 2.83 – while the number […]

My Pride Story: When personal identity and professional practice meet

My Pride story started pretty cautiously. I think I have always had a strong underlying sense of self (old school reports often included phrases like “Nick has a strong sense of justice…” or, perhaps less positively, “Nick is quite opinionated…”), but I wasn’t comfortable coming out to anyone except my closest friends until I was […]

My Pride Story: From Greece to the UK

I started as a legal assistant at Freeths exactly one year ago. Since then, I have achieved two of my greatest goals of securing a training contract with the firm and becoming involved in the firm’s LGBTQ+ network, SHINE. At the age of 14, I declared to my parents that I would be moving abroad […]

“Never let anyone tell you what you are capable of achieving”

Name: Zaqia Rashid Organisation: TLT Role: Head of public inquiries and public law Based: London Year qualified: Scotland 1992; England and Wales 2007 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My most vivid memory is working on a Fatal Accident Inquiry in Scotland which involved the suicide of a female prisoner in HMP […]

“I chose a career in law over a career in TV”

Name: Katie Chandler Organisation: Taylor Wessing Role: Partner Based: London Trained at: Taylor Wessing Year qualified: 2007 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My first week at Taylor Wessing when I was asked to attend the trial of Conor Medsystems Inc v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc to be a witness bowler for the […]