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LexLeyton Spotlight: Rosie McArdle

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?

For me no two days are the same and I enjoy that variety.  Three or four times a week I get up and start the day with a 50 minute HIIT or weights session.  I like to exercise in the morning so I know it is done!

My working day starts at 9am with a team video call.  As a remote worker, I really appreciate starting the days with a catch up with my colleagues.  It is a great forum to share legal developments and best practice.  I then check my emails, respond and return any calls. 

Over the day I support clients with a variety of HR and employment law matters, being dual qualified as a HR professional and also an employment law Solicitor allows me to discuss matters as diverse as appraisal schemes and HR best practice to TUPE, settlement agreements and employment disputes with clients. 

As a true employment generalist, I work with clients from a number of sectors and I love getting to know their businesses and specific ways of working.  I encourage clients to call me early with their concerns and hence, I take a number of calls and video calls throughout the day and then complete the necessary follow up work or drafting.  When I am not working with clients, I write content for our social media channels.

My working day should finish at 16:30, after which I pick up the kids from school, make dinner and then twice a week do a zoom yoga class, otherwise I try to and fit in a run. The rest of the evening is spent on the usual household tasks!

What is your favourite part about working at LexLeyton?

We work together as a team to provide the best possible service for our clients.  This is especially important to me as a part timer, as I am confident that our clients are well looked after on the days I am not in.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?

There have been hugely busy periods with the constant change and uncertainty the covid pandemic has brought.  It is important to me to be there for our clients in these difficult times.  I sometimes wish there was an extra day in the week!

What is your proudest moment at LexLeyton?

As a team, I am really proud of how we have supported clients through the covid pandemic.  We have worked with a lot of uncertainty and change and we have all pulled together to deliver.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to spend time outdoors, whether it is running, hiking or exploring with the kids.  I especially love the forest, the mountains and the beach.  I also love to travel and see the world.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I don’t get the opportunity or time to watch much on TV, but when I do it tends to be the easy to watch stuff – any of the ‘Real Housewives’ series is a particular guilty pleasure.  I also loved watching ‘Jane the Virgin’ and the new ‘Dynasty’ on Netflix!

What or who inspires you?

I like to see people doing in well in their own businesses.  I recently read Michelle Mone’s autobiography and her story is inspiring.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

Exercise – it is important to me to remain as fit and healthy as possible. 

What is your favourite quote?

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” I believe that in whatever we do we need to challenge ourselves to grow and develop.

What is your biggest fear?

I am not very good with heights!

What is something that not many people know about you?

I have run the Snowdonia marathon four times with my husband.  It is a demanding course and it gives you a real sense of achievement to finish it.

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