Fiftyfaces Focus – Inspiring People in Law – 2022: Trailer

We are delighted to bring you our 2022 Inspiring People in Law series in which we feature eight inspiring lawyers from around the globe.  We examine what it is to be an effective lawyer, the importance of networks, of empathy, and sometimes the lack of importance of a standard path or trajectory. We listen to guests who have taken a path less travelled, sometimes overcoming bias, prejudice and disability to do so.  We explore areas as diverse as digital justice, the intersection of environmental law and human rights, the advances in international arbitration and moving from a legal to a corporate role.

Tune in to hear more from our inspiring range of guests:

I. Stephanie Boyce is president of the Law Society of England and Wales. She is the sixth female and first person of color to hold the role. She’s had an extensive career in law, and our conversation discusses her early, unlikely, role model, how she bridged her own socio-economic gap and is committed to ensuring that the profession does so. We hear about the PUSH philosophy that has driven her career.

Meriam Al-Rashid is global co-chair of international arbitration and co-head of the Latin American Arbitration practice at Eversheds Sutherland, based in the New York City area. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University Law School, a peer review board member of the American Review of International Arbitration, a committee member at the Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice, and the holder of numerous other arbitrator roles. Her areas of focus include international dispute resolution, international trade and commercial arbitration, as well as human rights and international law.  We talk about her fascinating background and her unorthodox path to practice international law.  Meriam is also the president and co founder of Allusionist pictures, a film production company, and we discuss about how she marries her creative activities there with her legal career.

Nancy Stern is CEO and board member at Austin holdings LLC. She’s had a 27 year career starting as a lawyer and transitioning to a financial and business oversight role. In her latest role, which saw her assume the CEO position in 2020, she led a successful sale of that company that closed in 2021. She shares insights of how her legal skills facilitated that transition.

Olga Hancock is Deputy Head of Responsible Investment at Church Commissioners for England. She previously worked as a solicitor and started her career in Australia. We talk about how her legal skills prepared her for a role in responsible investment and the importance of pursuing a career that brings personal satisfaction and joy.

Richard Daly graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1995 with an LLB. He is now an executive officer in the Irish Department of Defense, where he works in the legislative instrument department. Richard was blind from birth and we talk about how that affected his journey both through law school and the practice of law, and the important advances in technology that should make the profession more accessible to more talented professionals.

Kate Colleary is a privacy and data protection expert based in Dublin who set up her own consultancy focused on privacy and data protection in 2019. She is the Irish country leader of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, as well as a practicing solicitor.

Aonghus Kelly is a lawyer who has a focus on international criminal law human rights and is presently executive director at Irish Rule of law International (IRLI).  He is also a member of the Legal Action Committee at the global legal action network (GLAN), which uses innovative legal strategies to challenge global injustice. He previously spent time with the European Union border Assistance Mission to Libya, as a defense lawyer at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, also known as the Khmer Rouge tribunal, and at the special prosecution offices of the Republic of Kosovo. Our conversation covers building a career in international law and its challenges and fulfillment.

Sheena Buddhev is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland in their London office, with a practice area focused on complex commercial business and insolvency and restructuring disputes with litigation and arbitration, often with a cross border element. Our conversation discusses her path to partnership, her experience of balancing work and family, team building and intriguing advances in the field of digital justice.

This series is brought to you with the kind support of Eversheds Sutherland.

As a global top 10 law firm, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base. With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in over 70 offices in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

The firm recognises that having diverse talent across its business brings many benefits. It is committed to accessing a wide range of views, perspectives and thinking in all of its teams and in this way is building a culture of inclusion, where each person feels able to be their true self at work and reach their full potential. 

Diversity and Inclusion is fundamental to the firm’s purpose of “helping its clients, its people and its communities to thrive”, and ‘Inclusive’ is one of its five values.