Up next in our IWD blog post series, meet Associate to the Property Litigation department, Elizabeth Russell:
1. Why did you want to pursue a career in law?
I became a lawyer as I wanted a reputable and rewarding career which would challenge me on a daily basis and allow me to help others.
2. Which women have influenced you and why?
Malala Yousafzai - a human rights activist and proponent of female education, who having survived being shot by the Taliban, received the Nobel Peace Prize aged just 17, making her the youngest recipient to date. Her bravery and desire to make the world a better place at such a young age is incredibly inspiring!
3. What is the most memorable moment in your career so far?
As a newly qualified solicitor, I was nominated for an award for “Outstanding Contribution towards the Legal Profession”, which was pretty special. However, one of my career highlights so far has to be having been selected after interview last year to join The Law Society’s first ever Junior Solicitors Network Advisory Committee - I feel very fortunate to be able to represent and support junior lawyers and ensure that their views are heard on important issues.
4. If you could be any heroine for a day (from film, TV, books or otherwise), who would it be?
Human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney.
5. On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women starting out in their careers?
In the words of Michelle Obama “there is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish”.