My career in the legal profession has been varied and allowed me to navigate a path to find what is of particular interest to me. To date I have worked and acquired experiences at Stewarts, Freemans, LMP, BCLP and now FLIP. Throughout my time, I have had the opportunity to work alongside many talented and impressive female lawyers who have been outstanding in their field and given me a role model to follow.
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Black History Month helps make role models visible, so others can believe that there is room for them.
Diwali or Deepawali (latter meaning “row of lighted lamps in Sanskrit) is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs (Bandi Chhor Divas) and Newar Buddhists. Each have their differing beliefs, rituals and regionally across India, the worship of different deities to mark the occasion. It is one of the social festivals of India that has an array of other national and dharmic festivals for celebration.
Two recent cases have seen the courts grapple with difficult issues concerning puberty blockers.
The EDI Committee is working hard on a number of projects. These cast a spotlight on various aspects of EDI: the privileges that many of us as members have, as well as the additional challenges that many others of us have to manage, at times battle with, and at other times are able to celebrate. These additional challenges and privileges of course reflect those of the general public - our clients that we all do our best to assist in our professional lives.
This was an informal and thought-provoking workshop, run by Jo O’Sullivan, Remyhs Baker, Oscar Davies, Bridget Garrood and Stephen Lue. They took turns to provide a candid account of their individual experiences both in a work and personal context.
“Self-funding, rejection letters, fruitless interviews, or to be ignored altogether. All character-building experiences, apparently…”
Family: the word means something to us all, both professionally and personally. For now though, can we all put aside the ‘lawyer’ in ‘family lawyer’ and reflect just on the ‘family’.
When I was asked to write this, I was told “the more personal it is, the better”, which put me off putting pen to paper. My experience of being a Black LGBT+ person growing up in the UK in the 90s is deeply personal and bite-sized versions of a formative human experience made me worried about being misquoted, misunderstood and judged.
Understanding your own experience, or indeed the experience of others, is an ongoing process. So, this will be a “where I am right now at my current state of evolution and understanding”.
When I was first approached to write this article to celebrate LGBT History Month, I panicked.
Representing lesbian mothers in 1980s Britain meant challenging rampant homophobia. It's a history that should not be forgotten.
To mark LGBT History Month, Resolution is sharing personal stories from members about their life in family law.
“What are you doing now that you need to be doing differently? Because it is when we take charge and ownership of the mistakes that we make that we can truly show that we are embracing diversity.”
How inclusive are you?
We talk about diversity and inclusion and we have heard it talked about a lot recently. Following the unfortunate passing of George Floyd, the world was shaken and so many wounds were reopened about racism, police brutality and the lack of diversity in certain spaces especially at senior levels.
Resolution is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming and supportive organisation for all of its members.