What were your expectations/hopes and dreams when you set out in your career in the law?
To be honest, I didn´t really know. I wanted to help
others, and to be able to succeed in assisting clients not only doing what was “legal”
but also what was fair. When I decided to study law, my mother said to me
“that´s a nice profession and I think you will do it well, but remember that
within what is legal in our society, not everything is fair.”
How does working at gunnercooke differ from your previous roles?
Drastically. Working in a traditional law firm rarely
allows you to truly enjoy your work, simply because it does not allow you to do
it feeling you are free to benefit from other things such as family, your own
time, and many other personal concerns we all have.
What are you most proud of in your career?
I moved to the UK five years ago because of my husband´s
work. I had to stop my career and close my small boutique I founded in my
native Barcelona two years before we moved. At that time, being qualified in a
foreign jurisdiction and hardly speaking English, I thought I would not be able
to practise in England, and I simply left my career on standby thinking I was
doing the right thing putting my family needs before my profession for a period
of time. However, two years after we moved and a second baby I joined
gunnercooke and three years later, I qualified as a Solicitor in England and
Wales being dual qualified. Therefore, having been able to adapt myself and my
career to the different circumstances that life has brought me is probably what
makes me proudest in my career so far.
What challenges do you experience at gunnercooke?
As said before, I am originally from Barcelona, where I
practised until 2014 when I moved to the UK with my family. I had all my
connections and business network in Spain and none in England. I didn’t have colleagues
in other firms so I started from scratch in terms of client portfolio and
business plan. Therefore, building my
own business and client portfolio within gunnercooke has probably been the
biggest challenge apart from practising in a different jurisdiction using a
How do you juggle your job and your family responsibilities?
Apart from learning every day how to fight against ‘mum guilt’
that turns up too often, a wide range of childcare support is crucial when you
live abroad and have no family around. The gunnercooke structure plays an
important role here, helping us to cope with both work and family.
If you hadn’t been a lawyer, what would you have liked to have been?
I never considered myself being a Doctor because I was
not a “scientist student”, but I think that medicine would be another super
rewarding profession I would love to practise in a second life.
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