What made you want to become an employment lawyer?
I’m a people person, so I was keen to work in a people facing area of law. I was also excited at the prospect of working in a diverse, fast-changing area of law with both individuals and businesses and making a real difference. I haven’t been disappointed so far!
Where do you live and work?
I currently live in Birmingham and split my time between our Worcester and Birmingham offices. That said, you could also find me in any one of our offices across the UK – it all depends on the needs of our clients. If I’m not in the office (or working from home), you may find me at any one of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales.
What do you enjoy the most about your job and, dare we ask, what do you like the least?
I enjoy the regular interaction with senior professionals and advising them on how best to approach particular employment issues/projects. Selfishly, I would argue that it’s the most interesting area of law because, in reality, no two days are the same and there’s never a dull moment. In addition, the work is essentially about people and that’s what makes it interesting and incredibly diverse. It’s also an area of law that is uniquely relatable.
What do I enjoy the least about my job? I’d have to say balancing administration tasks with my work.
What is your top tip for a client?
If you’re unsure about a particular employment situation, contact an employment lawyer and we will try and give you clear, commercial and practical advice. The advice you receive may not be the advice you want or desire, but it will allow you to make an informed decision.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m an avid traveller and enjoy learning about different cultures – everyone has a story and I’ve come across a fair few during my travels. I guess that also feeds into why I chose to specialise in employment law – at the end of the day, it’s all about the people. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has forced me to put my passion for travelling on hold (only for the short-term!) but that’s meant that I’ve picked up a new hobby – paint by numbers. It’s embarrassing to admit that I need to be guided by numbers to be able to paint, but don’t knock it until you try it! I’m also a keen golfer.
How does it feel to have been recently chosen as Worcestershire Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year?
I must admit that I’m still not quite over the shock. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m incredibly humbled. Above all, I feel privileged to be working in an area of law that I am passionate about as well as working at a firm and in a team that is collaborative and supportive – winning the award was just the icing on the cake!
As the first in my family to attend university and a female from an ethnic minority, my hope is that I can inspire the next generation of budding junior lawyers.