We are nearly five months into 2015 and change has definitely been the theme for this year. Coming back into the legal sector was the most unexpected event to happen to me. It was unplanned but a welcomed offer. Creatively, I am in a good place. There are new projects off the ground, YoTabla is expanding and exciting performance opportunities to look forward to. Now joining Crystal Law Solicitors is a new adventure I am looking forward to.
How did I get back into law?
Two of my good friends, Dilshad and Manik Miah that I worked with at the Leicester Community Legal Advice Centre (CLAC) a few years back, set up their own firm, Crystal Law Solicitors which is also in Leicester. They got in contact with me and were intrigued to see all the creative projects I have been involved in since I left the CLAC. They always knew about my legal background, but not as much about my creative side because it was something I did not talk about whilst I was at the CLAC.
They offered me a position and welcomed the many ideas I had about social media, events, mentoring, networking and generating clients. I have acquired these skills and experiences over the past few years having immersed myself in the creative sector. The unpredictable nature of the sector has taught me a lot about leadership, resilience and patience. I am now in a better position to apply these skills to Crystal Law Solicitors and make a positive impact.
All skills are transferable if applied effectively
It is wonderful for me that Crystal Law Solicitors encourages creativity and out of the box thinking. Using all sides of my brain is already bringing its rewards. Some friends have been asking if I am leaving the creative sector all together. I laugh this off and answer it as a categorical ‘no’. The creative sector and friends I have made within it over the past few years, has given me a lot of strength and drive to continue the pursuit of artistic excellence. I believe balancing this aspect with my legal career will be beneficial as time progresses.
One of the best parts working at Crystal Law is that I am on the same floor as Pedestrian Charity whom I have done a lot of work with and subsequently gained my mentoring qualification with them. I strongly believe these are all good omens.
Within a few weeks of starting, I played a role in securing a partnership with the Leicester Central Library to offer free legal advice to its service users. This was possible because the team I work with have trust in my abilities and allow me to “get on with it”.
Also, our social media presence as a new law firm is constantly increasing. It is brilliant to see the solicitors getting into twitter and instagram! The legal sector has changed and it now requires lawyers to embrace social media and use it as a tool to educate and connect with clients and potential stakeholders.
I hope this is just the beginning. I am really excited with my new role at Crystal Law and cannot wait for more challenges and learning opportunities to emerge.