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International Women’s Day 2021

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked three of our team, Partner Maria Cosslett, Solicitor Elle McCook and Trainee Solicitor Isabella Hughes to share their experiences of working in law.

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

Maria Cosslett, Partner and Head of Probate, Wills and Trust:

“I think it’s important to celebrate what women have accomplished and to recognise throughout history the different barriers that women in the legal profession have had to overcome over the years.”

Do you have any tips for women looking to progress their career in law?

“I’m proud to have become a partner at the firm where I started my career. I have been very fortunate to have had a supportive network throughout and would encourage those starting a new career in law to align themselves with a network that will support and encourage them.”

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your legal career to date?

Solicitor, Elle McCook:

“How important it is to develop your network. Investing time and effort into relationships (with everyone from potential clients to possible employers to current colleagues or your next door neighbour) is key to not only professional success but also personal job satisfaction. Learn to listen rather than speak and consider what you can do for someone rather than what they can do for you – the rest should follow. A quote I heard recently that has stuck with me – “turn cold calls into hot coffees”.

Which female leaders do you admire and why?

Trainee Solicitor, Isabella Hughes:

“I first came across Baroness Hale when studying Law at University. Her abilities as an eminent judge who wrote clear, direct judgements which were easier to read and understand struck me as ground-breaking and very helpful. I felt a personal connection with Baroness Hale when, in 2020, I was included in the Supreme Court’s Donor Wall initiative which she had instigated to support young women and inspire them to enter the legal profession. She is an inspiration not just because of her helpfulness to aspiring lawyers but also because she is a role model for female empowerment and achievement.

Baroness Hale pushed to increase diversity within the legal profession and continues to do so. Not only is she an advocate for equality she has also helped to further children’s welfare and prevention of mental domestic abuse. She was the driving force behind the Children’s Act ensuring that children’s interests were legally enshrined as paramount.”

To find out more information, please visit International Women’s Day.

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