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Leaders in law: my industry role models

Leaders in law: my industry role models

Charlotte Lear


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For this blog post, I thought I would look at some of my role models in the industry right now.

Having role models is so important because they help keep you focused on your goals, especially when you might be experiencing setbacks.

LinkedIn has been a great resource in this search for aspirational figures in the industry - the hours of trawling through partner profiles in the hope of finding niche facts for applications seems to have inadvertently paid off! Here are my top five at the moment.

Alice Stephenson

Following Alice on LinkedIn has opened my eyes to a whole new side of corporate law. Alice founded her firm, Stephenson Law, in 2017, intending to establish a firm that challenges the corporate status quo. Since then, Alice and her team at the firm have raised an excellent profile of working with high-calibre technology companies and are continuing to grow.

Alice frequently posts online about bringing your authentic self to work and making the most of those experiences that make you unique. Being the antithesis to corporate stuffiness, Alice is an inspiration to those looking to get into law who feel like they don’t fit the mould.

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Venandah Madanhi

Venandah is currently a trainee solicitor with Latham and Watkins and the founder of Talk About. Talk About is a platform inspiring the younger generation to forge their path into law. Through Talk About and her active LinkedIn presence, Venandah encourages people to understand, develop and sell their soft skills when considering their careers and personal development.

Her empowering use of innovative technologies with Talk About Skills also helps to drive this progress. Venandah is an inspiring role model in the profession as she embodies a new generation of young professionals.

Tamara Box

Tamara Box is the managing partner for Reed Smith in the Europe & Middle East regions. Her practice focuses on structured finance with multi-jurisdictional securitisation transactions. Tamara is a gender diversity champion, having recently been named as one of WeAreTheCity’s top 50 trailblazers in gender equality.

Read this LCN Says about the growing gender pay gap: ‘Covid-19 and the growing gender pay gap’.

Tamara positions ethics in the legal industry as one of the key topics for change over the next few years and how this will inform the future of the partnership model and flexible working for the younger generation.

Tamara is an embodiment of one of the key messages prevalent in the industry today: in order to achieve diversity in the legal profession, diversity should be put at its centre and her discussions in interviews and on her LinkedIn further this message.

Check out our Diversity hub to read about insights into diversity in the legal profession.

Dan Kayne

Dan Kayne is general counsel for regions at Network Rail and the founder of the O Shaped Lawyer. I discussed the O-Shaped lawyer in this blog post, exploring how it seeks to humanise the role of a lawyer, bringing soft skills to the forefront of the professional skillset to build lasting client relationships.

Dan and the team at the ‘O’ are change-makers in the industry right now. They work with education providers, private practice firms and in-house teams to help develop a healthier and more balanced generation of lawyers.

Jaysen Sutton

Jaysen Sutton is a previous trainee solicitor at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP and the founder of The Corporate Law Academy (TCLA), one of the largest online platforms for aspiring lawyers. Jaysen is a role model, mainly because of his candidness about his own experiences and how they led him to found TCLA.

Jaysen is a mental health and diversity champion and seeks to demystify the legal profession for aspiring lawyers and how to find your feet as a young professional and navigate life as an entrepreneur.