I’m often criticised for working by other women, says managing director

October 26, 2015 by in category I'm Not John with 1 and 2
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Back in 2010 Emma Nawaz launched Blackstone Solicitors in Hale with just herself and a secretary. Now the firm boasts a team of 11. 

Last year the company achieved a string of awards including winning Team of the Year at the Manchester Law Society Awards and being shortlisted at both the Law Society Excellence Awards and the Modern Law Awards.

Blackstone Solicitors also achieved Excellence in Investors in People and managing director, Emma, has been shortlisted at this year’s Manchester Young Talent Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year!

In addition to Emma’s wealth of success she is also the proud mother of three children and is delighted to be involved in the #imnotjohn campaign to inspire women in the workplace. 

When I began my career in law, I always wanted to have my own practice and build my own team, a team with the same drive and passion to succeed as I have. 

I am very fortunate in having good support around me, both professionally and personally, which has allowed me the work/life balance. 

I have an on/off switch, at work I’m 100 per cent focused and at home I’m full-on-mummy-absorbed with my three gorgeous children.

When I set up Blackstone, my focus was on litigation and we have been extremely successful with this strategy, attracting a whole range of clients to use our services, many of whom now instruct us regularly. 

Towards the end of last year we expanded our services and introduced a property department headed by a highly qualified commercial property lawyer. 

This allowed me to expand the business further and to offer an even greater range of services to clients. 2015 has been a fabulous and exciting year for all of us.

I am often criticised for working by other women. They ask do I feel guilty? My answer is a firm no. I wish my daughter to aspire to be a successful professional and urge women as well as men to encourage the same.  Both sexes have a lot to offer and I’m thrilled to support the #imnotjohn campaign.

To find out more about the #imnotjohn campaign and the launch event on November 9, click here.

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