LexLeyton Spotlight: Kathleen BadaKathleen BADA
What does a typical day as an employment law solicitor and business partner to a wide range of employer clients at LexLeyton look like for you?
“I’ve been working remotely since last March. We start the day with a team meeting via video. It’s a good way to keep in touch with my colleagues and talk about any recent legal updates. The pace of changes to employment law has been frenetic since the introduction of furlough so there’s always a lot to discuss.
Following our team meeting, I check my emails and calendar to plan my day. For the rest of the day I’ll be busy providing advice to clients by phone or email. I’ll usually also have some video meetings arranged. The focus now is on preparing for a return to the workplace, so questions about Covid-19 vaccines are common.”
What is your favourite part about working at LexLeyton?
“There’s a true collegiate spirit that makes it an enjoyable team to be a part of. During lockdown my colleagues have come up with really creative activities that have allowed us to become an even stronger team as result.”
What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?
“It’s important to keep up to date with the latest developments in employment law, but last year the pace of changes to the law was greater than anyone could have anticipated. The Government got in the habit of issuing crucial legal bulletins late on Friday evening, making it tricky to advise clients promptly.”
What is your proudest moment at LexLeyton?
“During the first lockdown, the team had to move to working remotely while at the same time advising clients who were facing closure of their businesses and possible job cuts. It was an incredibly busy and challenging time, yet we managed to deliver a seamless service to our clients without disruption. ”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“I try to get outdoors to exercise every day. My favourite activity is going for a run around my local park. It has great views of north-west London and the remains of a house where Mark Twain once spent a summer.”
What is your guilty pleasure?
“Chocolate – I have a few squares for dessert every night.”
What is your biggest fear?
“I’m not a fan of flying insects.”
What is something that not many people know about you?
“Before becoming a lawyer, I worked in publishing. One highlight was working on a night-time photoshoot at the American Museum of Natural History in New York where Night at the Museum was filmed. I kept expecting the massive dinosaur skeletons to come to life like in the movie!”