In the final week of our IWD blog post series, meet first year trainee, Amelia Richards:

1. Why did you want to pursue a career in law? 

At school I had considered a career in law but ultimately decided to study a science degree at university. During my last year of my undergrad I read a really interesting article (interesting to me at least!) on medical devices regulation and it made me consider pursing law as a career again. When the pandemic hit I decided it was as good a time as any to start the GDL. My grandpa had been in family law in Nottingham and while I was studying I would chat to him about the cases I encountered. He still remembered a lot of them (Donoghue v Stevenson lives on in everybody’s memories) and our talks would inevitably turn into him reminiscing on his days in practice. Although it was obviously very different back then, I couldn’t wait to start a job at a law firm!

2. Which women have influenced you and why? 

My mum is a huge inspiration to me. She worked in finance in the city during the late 80’s and 90’s and had to deal with all that came with working in a very male dominated environment. She returned to the city after a career break and now heads up her team. She is incredibly driven and very good at what she does, and she definitely taught me to back myself. Also, my three sisters have had, and continue to have, a huge influence on me. We are all very different, but their support, friendship and advice continues to shape me into who I am today. They also know the exact things to do which wind me up and while I could be mad about it, I do the same to them too!

3. What is the most memorable moment in your career so far? 

Getting the training contract here – I found out midway through a 6 hour train journey and it definitely made the journey a lot more bearable!

4. If you could be any heroine for a day (from film, TV, books or otherwise), who would it be? 

Jo from Little Women – Outspoken, independent, smart and loyal – she’s a wonderful example of a woman standing up for what she wants and pursuing her dreams.

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? 

Take up space, ask questions and back yourself.