International Women’s Day 2020


International Women's Day

We are proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day, which is on Sunday 8 March 2020. A day to celebrate a gender-balanced world and that an equal world is an enabled world.

We asked members of the team at GL who inspires them, how the industry has changed in their time and the advice they would give to women getting into the legal industry.

We had a fantastic mix of responses across the different practice areas and offices. Some were inspired by their relatives, some were inspired by powerful female public figures. Derek Rodgers spoke about his friend Penny Ferguson as his most inspirational woman and how she overcame difficult times in her life and turned it around to create a successful leadership programme, helping people globally to make better of themselves.

Niamh Minihane explained that her most inspirational woman is in fact her assistant Liz; how she has managed to stay so positive after such a tragedy, always coming to work ready for the day wanting to help others.

Amelia Marcello told us that her Grandma inspires her. Amelia believes that she gets her tenacity and bravery for going travelling from her as her Grandma moved to the UK when she was very young. Lady Hale, the first female leader of the Supreme Court, is Andrew Shipp’s biggest inspiration. At Gardner Leader, Michelle Di Gioia inspires him for her incredible work ethic and being an amazing litigator and negotiator so much so that “if you spend 10 minutes in her company, she could convince you that black is white”.

The biggest change that Joanna Hemsley has seen in the industry is how many more women are now qualifying as lawyers. In fact, 80% of Gardner Leader’s employees are female!

Lucy Savage has seen that there is great opportunity for women, especially later on in their career after having a family, to get into the industry. CILEx, a professional body for legal executives, gives women the opportunity to become fully qualified without being in full time education, working from home around family.

Megan Ruddle’s advice to young women considering going in to the legal industry would be to not be afraid to start from the bottom, learn from your peers and be confident. Farah Ali‘s advice would be to be brave and to take on challenges.

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