From leaving private practice to opening the doors of my own law firm. When I look back at those times now, I can see how much I’ve learned. About law, myself and business. Starting Stephenson Law has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding and enjoyable.
In October 2020, a member of my team sent me the link to the Innovate UK ‘Women in Innovation’ award, suggesting I apply. At the time I didn’t know very much about Innovate UK and the work it does, and I’d never heard of the Women in Innovation Award, but I quickly realised it was something I needed to explore...
Before I started my business, selling wasn’t even on my radar. The ‘s’ word doesn’t really exist in the legal industry – it’s all about “BD” – and, even then, no-one actually teaches you how to do it. There’s a lot of talk about networking and pitching, but the concept of ‘sales’ in a law firm is pretty alien.
Have you ever stopped to think about what’s preventing you from achieving your potential? The truth is: the only thing holding you back is YOU. There are lots of ways we self-sabotage, and in this article I talk about the ones I’ve personally experienced.
Last week was a rollercoaster. The positivity and strength emitted by women all over the world on International Women’s Day was palpable. Finally, our collective voice was gaining momentum and it felt like real progress was being made. And then, we hear the devasting news about Sarah Everard. A lady not much younger than me, who vanished on her way home on 3 March.