Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m a Mum to two daughters, with a 14-month age gap, things are noisy and hectic in our house! In the rare moments to myself I enjoy reading, mainly fiction or autobiographies, and binge-watching tv series and the occasional film. Coffee is a very important part of my life, and I have a very sweet tooth. Basically, a coffee and cake date is my idea of heaven. I’m fairly inquisitive (nosy!) and love finding out new things. I live rurally in a village in Bedfordshire but absolutely adore cities, especially London and New York.
Work-wise, I’m a trade mark attorney with 16 years’ experience protecting and enforcing brands. I’ve worked in quite a few different roles in that time, working in-house with Unilever and Diageo; working at large multi-national law firms; and working for myself. In April 2019 I joined a small boutique intellectual property firm based in London.
What inspired you to start your business
I started my trade mark firm when I was on maternity leave with my youngest daughter. My role at the time was full-time in a large law firm, with a 4-hour round-trip commute; I realised that I couldn’t juggle being the employee I wanted to be alongside being the parent I wanted to be. I set up my company originally with the aim of providing freelance support to law firms. In time, this grew into more direct-client advice, with the occasional freelance contract. The business grew to a point where I needed extra support, and after exploring various options, I decided to join my current firm. Thankfully the majority of my clients came along with me and I get to work with some amazing businesses, whilst knowing that when I’m on holiday or at capacity, there’s other people who can help out. Plus I have access to other brilliant businesses I would never have had the chance to meet.
Describe your typical day
Ha, there is no typical day, which is actually why I love what I do. Each day is different. I can be meeting potential clients for a coffee in the morning, and then spend the afternoon drafting arguments or a co-existence agreement. The variety is a big part of what keeps me going, I like seeing the different challenges that come up and finding solutions to various issues.
Name three words that describe success to you
Name three business tips that you would give to yourself, if you were first starting out
How do you juggle work & play
Much better than I used to! I used to feel an immense amount of guilt if I wasn’t working every spare minute. Now I have set boundaries. I put an out of office on when I’m not available. And I make sure that when I have a day off I plan to do something away from anything that might accidentally drag me back into work mode. My top tip would be to have a separate work phone (use an old phone or pick up a cheap handset) so that it is easier to step away from work especially in evenings and weekends.
What would be your Plan B?
I’d run a bookshop with a coffee shop attached.
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