Emma Nawaz, Managing Director of Blackstone Solicitors in Hale has always supported and nurtured new talent, building an impressive team of legal experts. As an award-winning law firm she is regularly invited to speak at events and recently supported the British Iranian Network Alliance in London presenting at their event ‘Empowering women to achieve their goals’. Blackstone were also joint sponsors of the event with Femnesty, a network dedicated to empowering women to set out and achieve objectives in their personal & professional lives where she delivered an inspiring talk covering how to set up your own business. Undoubtedly Emma has proved to be a role model to her team with many of them now involved in voluntary, charity and public speaking events.
Litigation Solicitor, Geraldine Stephens is a legal volunteer for the national charity, the LGBT Foundation. She is also a volunteer and area representative for The Solicitors Benevolent Association and Vice President of Trafford Law Society for 2016.
Rokhsareh Vahid, Head of Blackstone’s recently opened Iran Desk, is working with The Unjustly Unbanked group in London where Blackstone recently opened an office.
Partners Daniel Thomas and Nick Jackson ran in the Manchester 10k supporting Francis House and CAFT. Trainee Solicitor, Sinead Murphy is also shortly to take part in a 26 mile ‘mighty hike’ on the Jurassic Coast, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Blackstone’s Marketing Manager, Rebecca Battersby works as a voluntary makeup artist with the Look Good Feel Better team at Maggie’s (Christies) supporting women with cancer. Judy Walton, Legal cashier is the voluntary leader of Explorer Scouts (14-18 year old kids) in Sale. Lisa Rivers, Litigation Solicitor, is on the committee and looks after fundraising and sponsorship for the Middlewich Rose Fete and Children’s Festival in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.
Emma is also pleased to see how paralegal Gemma MacDonald, aged just 21 years has embraced her role. Gemma joined Blackstone Solicitors as a temporary Marketing & Legal Secretary providing maternity cover, nine months later she was offered a full-time role as a paralegal and Blackstone also agreed to fund her Legal Practice Course. Gemma recently volunteered and took part in an event with WeAspire at Elm Ridge School, Hale Barns where she talked to pupils about her career and how she got into the legal profession generating real enthusiasm.
Commenting on her team’s philanthropic approach, Emma Nawaz adds, “I am enormously proud of my team, not only are they highly professional and great at what they do, but they are committed to giving back to the local community and charities. I thoroughly support their work which I think speaks volumes about them and the type of people they are. In response to noticing the team’s contribution to society Blackstone has now entered the Voluntary Support Scheme which means Blackstone gives up two days a year paid leave to carry out voluntary work”.
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