Spotlight Series- Isobel WashingtonLexLeyton
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 have always been a
remote worker based in Staffordshire. The workday I hope to have is like this: Wake
up around 6.00am cup of tea, feed the hens, eat breakfast, go for a 20 minute walk,
hit the shower, get to my office to start the day at 8.30am. Once the laptop is
running, I check my email and calendar to plan my day. We always have a morning
group call at 9:00am, when we discuss any legal developments, checks if anyone
needs a hand and generally check in with one another.
During the day I have some video meetings with clients to help understand their people issues and offer advice and an agree a plan on how to deal with things : it’s a great opportunity to understand their business and the unique issues they face on an operational day to day level and more wider in terms of strategy. I am also in regular contact with my colleagues who are always there if I need to run something past them as a sounding board or ‘sense check’: we are very much a team and we always support one another.
Then around 5:30 in the afternoon, I will let the hens out for their evening roam and walk around the village to ‘walk the day off.
What is your favourite part about working at LexLeyton?
Its maybe cliché, but I really like my colleagues. Rosie McArdle and I worked together previously so that was a bonus. However, the rest of the team even though we are spread across the UK are great: they are great lawyers and really good people as well. The past 18 months have been challenging both as employment lawyers and as human beings but we have all got through it together and have come out the other side stronger and more resilient: we can deal with anything now!
What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?
The past 18 months were challenging due to the amount of information and law we had to get our heads around in relation to Covid 19 and furlough: the government often announced things but only followed up with detailed guidance at a later date, meaning we were trying to figure things out in a vacuum
What is your proudest moment at LexLeyton?
I am proud of helping my clients when they have a difficult judgment call to make: I like helping them make the right decision for their business.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love watching my rescue hens enjoy their day. I live in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands, so my daily walks are rather fantastic with views over the Peak District. I also attend a local painting class – I’m not very good but it’s the perfect way to wind down from a busy week as it engages a totally different part of my brain.
What is your guilty pleasure?
The Archers: the series drives me nuts at times but it’s a fixture in my early evening routine.
What or who inspires you?
Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon: grace and grit.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Sherry: it’s for life not just for Christmas!.
What is your favourite quote?
“Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What is your biggest fear?
The threat of the loss of the rule of law in the UK.
What is something that not many people know about you?
Before I qualified as a solicitor, I worked as a Regional Officer for a trade union and I have worked in senior HR roles, so I have quite a unique set of skills and experience.