How Do Taylor Rose MW Break the Bias?
Tue 8 March 2022
International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women across the world. They promote inclusivity and diversity whilst imagining a world free of bias. Their missions focus on woman and technology, women at work, women forging change, through to health, creatives and sport. This year, for 2022, the International Women’s Day campaign is to Break the Bias.
Here at Taylor Rose MW, we defy tradition and operate with our philosophy of Smart Modern Law at the forefront of what we do. Part of this is to celebrate the brilliant people we work with every day. For International Women’s Day, we want to break the bias by showcasing the numerous achievements of our brilliant female staff in the past year.
Sharon Bell, Head of Estate & Trust Disputes was mentioned in The Legal 500 rankings for 2022 within the firms tier 3 ranking for Contentious Trusts and Probate category for her ‘combined technical expertise with an understanding approach’.
Joanna Bailey, Partner and Head of personal Injury as well as Lauren Phillips, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence also ranked in tier 3 of The Legal 500 rankings for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence alongside their team members Nisha Sharma, Partner and Jacqui Hayat, Partner who was mentioned as a ‘Clinical Negligence Specialist’.
Our Family Department headed by Nicola Jones King had also been shortlisted for Family Team of the Year: London in the Family Law Awards. Marjana Uddin, Solicitor within the family team had been shortlisted for ‘Junior Lawyer of the Year’ In the Law Society Awards before winning the Yres Rising Star Award in the Resolution Awards 2021.
Our female colleagues have continued to show how they are dedicated to striving to be the best they can be. Fiona McNelis, Senior Associate within our Dispute Resolution department received ‘Litigation Solicitor of the Year’ award in the Surrey Legal Society Awards after being shortlisted alongside her colleague Caroline Kempster, Partner who supported Fiona in her win.
Our Head of New Business, Rebecca Kelly has been shortlisted for Business Development Champion of the Year in The British Conveyancing Awards 2022 whilst Katherine Newey, Consultant Solicitor in the firm has recently won ‘Crime and Extradition Lawyer of the Year 2021’ in the Lawyer Monthly Awards 2021.
We asked our female colleagues to share their experience with us and how they break the bias in their working lives.
Samantha Jacobs, Legal Secretary in our Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate department credited her mother-in-law as being a great role model for her own career pursuits in being a working mother and showing “that you can excel both professionally and personally”. She attributes breaking the bias to being able to work flexibly as both a mother and a professional and celebrates the support her team has given her to do this.
“My experience in the firm has been greatly influenced by strong female leaders who have managed me throughout my time here. Through their guidance and knowledge, I have been able to progress in my role whilst constantly being supported to develop further”
detailed Rad Vara, Marketing Executive in our Marketing Department. Rad explained how her journey at the firm has allowed her to progress through different departments and how her female managers have enabled her to pursue a clear career path.
Taylor Rose MW are dedicated to breaking the bias and do so by committing to reduce the gender pay gap by continually reviewing how we recruit, retain and promote females within the business. We also celebrate our staff through our Directors Award programme. This is a programme that recognises and rewards those within the business who go above and beyond in delivering excellent service. So far, each of this year’s quarterly winners have all been females within the business.
Our first quarter saw Maggie Bowden, Archive Manager win our Corporate Directors Award and Nirali Patel, Consultant Solicitor win our Legal Directors Award. The second quarters winners included Stephanie Bristow, Consultant Acquisition Manager win the Corporate Directors Award and Malina Gupta, Partner win the Legal Directors Award. The Awards third quarter celebrated Michelle Stephen, Legal Secretary as its Corporate Directors Award winner and Sophie Durkin, Consultant Chartered Legal Executive as the Legal Directors Award winner. We will be shortly announcing our fourth and final quarters winners for this years awards.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our female staff on their many accolades to date. We will be showcasing our support for our staff and International Women’s Day throughout the day, so follow our Taylor Rose MW pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to see how we break the bias.