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Women in Law - Nameeta Gujral

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After announcing this month that Nameeta Gujral has been appointed as the third female Partner of the firm, we wanted to share her thoughts with you on being a women in law and her career journey. 

Nameeta Gujral has worked as a Family Law Solicitor for over 13 years. She specialises in all aspects of private family law, with particular emphasis on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown including cases where there are substantial assets, trusts, pensions and businesses. She is also experienced in drafting pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation and separation agreements and disputes regarding childcare.

So you can get to know Nameeta like we do we asked her 10 short questions, here is what she said...

Why did you decide on a career in law?

I grew up at a time when Ally Mc Beal was on the TV; the thought of having a jar of jelly beans on my desk and a croissant at breakfast meetings sold it to me! I was also inspired by my Father who was an in house barrister for an American company.

What one thing are you most proudest of in your career?

I feel fulfilled in my career knowing that I may have helped someone who is in a vulnerable and desperate situation.

Have you ever faced any challenges being a woman in a law firm?

Fortunately enough the area of law in which I work in seems to be predominately female led. Girl Power!

 What gives you the most satisfaction in your role today?

Often in my field of law clients are dealing with emotional and personal upheaval. Being able to help them through the legal process and support them at these difficult times is personally rewarding.

How do your keep a work life balance?

Being well organised and effective time management is key to keeping that healthy work life balance.

What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in your career?

The biggest lesson I have learnt is the importance of being prepared and forward thinking whilst ensuring I obtain all the necessary knowledge I can, to not only to  benefit my career but the clients I advise

What advice would you give to your younger self if you had the chance?

Believe in yourself and be prepared to work hard to achieve your maximum potential.

Tell us something about yourself that we might not have known in a professional environment?

I love cooking and trying new recipes and can often be found loitering in the kitchen.

What is your favourite thing about working for Martin Tolhurst Solicitors?

Everyone in the firm supports each other and truly cares for each other on a personal level. We strive forward to bring new technology and systems into the firm enabling us to work to more efficient level. As well as this, the firm puts a great importance on continued training for all staff to maintain our fantastic level of service 

Do you think there has been progress for women in Law and what do you think the future holds for the next generation of women lawyers?

There has been a real shift during the last century of male to female ratio and now more than half of practising solicitors are women. In what was traditionally a male dominated profession the Partnership of Martin Tolhurst Solicitors now comprises of three women Partners which hopefully will pave the way for the next generation of female solicitors.

If you would like to know more about Nameeta or get in touch with her regarding an enquiry you might have you can view her full profile on our website here, Nameeta Gujral.