Senior Associate, Slater & Gordon
Laura talks to Propero Partners about her road to success, the future of the industry and the importance of treating everyone with respect.
1. What made you decide to pursue a career in law?
I liked the clear career path that a vocation provides and I have a strong belief that everybody deserves good legal representation. Plus, I watched a fair few episodes of Ally McBeal and that may also have swayed me a little!
2. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
Obtaining a training contract. It’s an incredibly competitive market and employers want you to have experience under your belt at a time when all you want is to get some experience! I decided on a firm I wanted to work for and took an admin job which was doing PA work for three hours per day for the head of the Knowledge and Information department. She took a chance on me for which I will always be grateful as it got my foot in the door.
3. Tell us about your biggest inspiration/s?
My parents. Both have an immense work ethic and carved out impressive careers whilst also pursuing interests and hobbies outside work. My mum studied Dentistry and was one of only three girls in her whole year group at university and my dad is a leader in his field and has been invited to many places around the world to talk on his subject. I am very proud of them both.
4. What’s the best piece of career-related advice you’ve ever been given?
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” – Catherine Kenwright-Cadman, my first boss, 2006.
5. Give us three words to sum up your career…
Attention to detail.
6. For our readers looking to pursue a career in the legal industry, how did you get to where you are now?
Hard work, treating everybody with respect and bringing an optimistic outlook to the workplace.
7. What piece of advice would you give to women starting out in the legal industry?
Go for it and support your fellow female colleagues in their ambitions as well as your own. Looking around the legal industry now, there are more women than ever before and slowly things are changing at the upper most levels, so I think it’s a good time to be a woman working in the law.
8. What does the legal-future look like?
Lots of change. Consumers want things to be cheap, quick and preferably accessed online these days. The legal profession still has many traditions/ways of working which are quite old-fashioned and I think the Courts and all the people who work within them need to find ways to adapt to the current marketplace. Having said that, I still believe that everybody has the right to good legal representation and a skilled advocate will never be replaced by online advice/an email!