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Supporting and Engaging Women in Law in Leeds

This month our Director Samira Cakali presented to a room full of likeminded female legal professionals providing them insight, inspiration and instruction on the world of an entrepreneur.

Speaking at the Women in Law: Alternative Career Paths, Samira covered why she diverted from the traditional career path of working in established legal practises and instead broke out and created her own; focusing on client care and being able to create an environment where people can thrive, celebrating the individual.  It also has enabled her to have experience on a wide variety of cases and issues, deepening her understanding and enhancing her skills, quicker than she would have ever been able to do in a traditional route.

She also shared how it was her husband, who is naturally entrepreneurial minded, that told her that it was an equally safe option and that she was young enough, that if it didn’t work that she could go back to being employed.

Samira discussed the achievements and challenges associated with her career decision, which included still working with clients that she took on from day one, being able to have a child and return to work and finding the right team members.  She also highlighted that there is a completely new skill set that needs to be learnt when becoming business owner and strongly advised the audience to never, ever, think that things are running smoothly, as inevitably they immediately won’t afterwards.

There were also two other insightful legal ladies, alongside our Samira, who explored alternative career paths within the law, sharing their unique stories at the evening event.

Samira was inspired by Maria Walsh who juggles running her own practice, being an active mum of two, teaching, running training and online seminars while also finding time to keep fit!  

Her main takeaway from the evening was how much can be learnt from sharing experiences.

The seminar, hosted by the Leeds Law Society is part of the Women in Law network created for women solicitors, both in private practice and in-house in Leeds.

The format is informal and aimed at addressing issues that are at the centre of a working woman balancing the demands of career in the legal sector.  It is followed by time to chat, share ideas and build relationships.

VouchedFor Winter 2017

We were recently notified that SCE Solicitors have qualified for VouchedFor’s Winter 2017 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ based on the quality of reviews we have received.

VouchedFor.co.uk is like TripAdvisor, but for finding professional services.  Clients can rate and review their legal adviser, accountant or financial adviser, helping others to choose the right one.

It has quickly become the standard that clients look for when seeking financial or legal advice. Being VouchedFor means that we are verified, reviewed and independent.  They only list professional with the necessary permissions to practice from the appropriate governing bodies and are reviewed and rated by genuine clients and verified by VouchedFor’s systems.

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While we greatly appreciate your review, please do not feel obliged to leave one.

Celebrating the leading ladies of SCE Solicitors this International Women’s Day

It’s international women’s day today and we’re proud of our two leading ladies; Samira Cakali and Mandy Walton. Both passionate about what they do and full of enthusiasm, to mark the day, we thought we’d bring you a little insight into why they decided on a career in the legal profession.

Samira Cakali

Like many teenagers as I approached the deadline for submission of the UCAS form, I attended careers evenings, had 1-2-1 sessions with the career’s adviser and vigorously undertook work experience in a number of industries. While, a combination of those activities helped me decide which career path I did not wish to embark on, nothing really helped me decide which one I did!

As the dreaded UCAS deadline loomed, I became more and more disheartened, particularly as some of my close friends had clear ideas of where they were headed (in fact, many targeted their A ‘levels towards their chosen profession).

Then one day in November, my career advisers (who, I admit, was despairing at this stage) asked me whether I had considered a career in law. I had not, why not I did not know, after all I loved a good argument! As my eyes lit up, I saw the relief on her face, she quickly added “and having a law degree is good to have, even if you decide not to become a lawyer” (I had an inkling that she was eager to tick me off her list).

Thereafter to solidify my interest I undertook a number of placements to decide which area of law I wanted to practice, and after initially deciding on Commercial Property, I eventually decided on Employment Law. The rest, I guess, is history.

So, in summary, the reasons why I chose to become a lawyer are because, I still love a good argument (and as a solicitor-advocate I get plenty of that), I enjoy being creative and thinking out of the box (whether it be to bring or defend a claim), and I thrive on helping people reach commercial solutions.

Mandy Walton

I always wanted to be a lawyer, but I couldn’t tell you what single thing started me off down that path. It first appeared written on a primary school assignment, aged 7 or 8. As other children wrote about wanting to be pop stars, nurses, vets and astronauts when they grew up, I wanted to be a lawyer. I honestly have no idea where it came from. No one in my family is employed in the legal profession nor are family friends are linked to it. I can only imagine that 8-year-old me may have seen something on television, some film perhaps or a TV show, where the exciting courtroom storyline caught my eye.

And from that moment, it never changed. I never even so much as considered other professions, determined to achieve that goal once it had been set in my mind all those years ago. It’s funny to think that I was so young that I cannot recall specifically what attracted me to the profession in the first place, but I am glad my determination helped me succeed in doing a job I truly love.

So, there it is. A little insight into how our women began their journeys. We hope you join us in celebrating the women in your business this International Women’s Day.

Samira Cakali Named as a UK Top Rated Solicitor

Samira Cakali is pleased to announce that she has recently been named as a UK Top Rated Solicitor. She has received this commendation thanks to the outstanding reviews written by her clients on VouchedFor.co.uk, the review website for professionals. 

Aside from being a ringing endorsement that she is among the most respected in the legal profession, Samira was featured in a guide to the UK’s Top Rated Professionals which was distributed in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.   

Samira has expressed her joy at being labelled as the most renowned in her field: “Being selected as a Top Rated solicitor means a lot to me, because I’ve been selected as a result of the support from my clients. This demonstrates that I am achieving what I set out to achieve when I set the firm up– to provide excellent client care.”

Almost everyone will seek the services and advice of a solicitor at some point in their lives, but it can be difficult to know who to trust. Client reviews are a powerful resource when it comes to identifying the right person in the legal profession therefore Samira is delighted that her reviews are now easy to find on VouchedFor.co.uk. 

You can access all of her great client reviews on her VouchedFor profile: https://www.vouchedfor.co.uk/solicitor/leeds/10551-samira-cakali#