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From me to you: Charlotte Coyle celebrates International Women's Day 2021

Charlotte Coyle joined Goodman Derrick in 2019 as an Associate and was quickly promoted to Senior Associate in 2020. She specialises in family law and has 14 years experience from local high street to boutique firms in the City of London. Charlotte advises on a full range of children and matrimonial issues including divorce, cohabitation and separation disputes as well as pre and post nuptial agreements. She has a breadth of experience advising high net worth individuals including those in the media and is well versed in financial matters involving business assets, foreign property and complex pensions. Charlotte has also has significant experience acting on behalf of grandparents who find themselves in need of support and guidance in respect of their grandchildren.

Q&A

What inspired you to become a lawyer? And where did you find personal drive to commit to the study and a life of learning and advising?  

My upbringing had lots to do with my personal drive and commitment to studying. I am third generation Irish so the importance of education was drilled into me early on from my parents who were teachers and my grandparents who didn’t have any formal education but instilled ambition and a love of learning. I knew if I was going to be successful, I needed to study hard and learn as much as I could about the profession. I always wanted to be a lawyer from very early on, I suppose it was a combination of being a young idealist, wanting to change the world and living up to high expectations.

Let’s be honest, the profession can be tough and the recent pandemic has made some things even tougher, have you found resilience hard to come by? You have probably surprised yourself too... 

The last 12 months have been challenging to say the least.  It definitely has been a learning curve for most in the profession especially developing the mental capacity to stay on top of the isolation that comes from working from home, being a positive point of reference for the client as well as navigating Hearings online -but the power of a good team and a supportive firm can really make all the difference. 

If you were to advise the young woman that walked through the door for your first work experience job, what would you say?  
  • Take notes, you will be surprised how much you will rely on them.
  • Never assume the answer, if you’re unsure - always ask.
  • Don’t be embarrassed that you asked- you are after all a 'Tabula Rasa' as Aristotle would say…

 And finally do you have any advice for the young lawyers starting out today, have things truly changed? 

I would say the best way to learn is to get stuck in and give it a go. Even if it takes a couple of attempts, you will learn some invaluable lessons along the way and grow in confidence. Make the most of every opportunity to learn; even if it might seem like a mundane task, there will be an opportunity to grow in there somewhere.

From me to you: Goodman Derrick’s female lawyers celebrate International Women’s Day

Goodman Derrick are celebrating International Women’s Day with a series of interviews with senior associates and partners.

Reflecting upon a career in law, Goodman Derrick’ senior associates and partners have shared their early career stories and their experiences of working through the pandemic, providing guidance for the younger generation at the start of their careers.

Our lawyers’ interviews are available to read by clicking here.

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