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International Women’s Day Series: Part 3

We caught up with inspiring female members of our workforce to find out what International Women’s Day means to them as legal professionals.

Hamida Khatun: Associate Solicitor and Head of the Serious Injury/Large Loss Team (Bolton)

 

How do you think Bond Turner is supporting women in law?

I have no hesitation that Bond Turner acts solely on merit regardless of whether the lawyer is male or female. I was  given a lot of responsibility from day one which has enabled me to grow and develop a highly successful department specialising in the niche field of brain injury. I feel that opportunities are there for everyone. The firm is led by female directors who are acutely aware of additional responsibilities that come with being a female lawyer and appropriate support is provided to nurture talent, regardless of their gender.

In my career, I have previously found that being a working mother has in some way or another impacted promotion prospects. Furthermore, coming from an ethnic minority background does mean that you have to work harder to prove how talented you are in order to get noticed in some instances. Bond Turner is the exception.

What advice would you give to young women looking to pursue a career in law?

My advice to any woman wanting a career in law is to simply go for it. As long as they are talented, committed and have a passion for the area of work then the results, recognition and client appreciation will follow.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a highly important event because it celebrates women and their achievements. It also recognises the additional responsibilities that come with simply being who you are as a female. It is essential that as women, our contributions are recognised and celebrated internationally.

Who are the women that inspire you?

My greatest inspiration comes from my mother who worked very hard to raise a family of five children and then her grandchildren. She never flinched in the face of calamity or struggle and worked hard to make her life and the lives of her family a happy one.

There are many inspiring women I have come across during my career, from my A level Sociology teacher who recognised I was going to be a lawyer before I did, the partner that I first trained with who put a lot of trust in me from day one, to the exceptional leaders I have at Bond Turner who are female. They listen to my ideas and more often than not, agree with them which is refreshing.

 

Chantal Rabbetts: Senior Solicitor in the Large Loss /Serious Injury Team (Liverpool)

 

How do you think Bond Turner is supporting women in law?

I think having children and coming out of work for maternity leave is a particular challenge that could in some cases impact career prospects. Our three directors are female, and all have children. They understand challenges women with children can face in the profession; they offer part time and flexible hours if needed, supporting all people at every level.

What advice would you give to young women looking to pursue a career in law?

Go for it! I love my job and find it immensely rewarding working with clients and families that have had their lives changed immeasurably. Be prepared to work hard but work smart. Don’t feel you have to take on male attributes but earn the respect of your peers by being good at what you do.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s fantastic we can have a day to recognise famous and ordinary working woman who have not only changed history but the lives of the people around them.

Who are the women that inspire you?

My mum, she is a total force to be reckoned with and has always been my biggest advocate and supporter. She walked away from a very abusive marriage with absolutely nothing when I was young and built a hugely successful career for herself whilst supporting two children.

My peer group inspire me – we get each other through highs and lows, and support each other with honesty, compassion, and love, always celebrating each other’s successes.

I also have respect for Erin Pizzey, the original founder of Refuge. She changed the face of supporting female victims of domestic violence in the late 60’s/70’s when it was a completely unrecognised and taboo subject.

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