Meet the Flockers: Emily Barwell

November 5, 2021

Our Meet The Flockers series is a deep dive into what makes our flock tick. We pause, grab a cuppa, and chat about life beyond law.

From favourite foods, to biggest ambitious, this series sheds a light on what makes our flock tick.

Introducing Emily Barwell, full-time Knowledge Lawyer, part-time gaming whizz. Take it away Emily…

Who has had the biggest impact on your career choice?

This is a difficult question. In terms of choosing to be a lawyer, my A level philosophy teacher. When I was in sixth form I was so passionate about philosophy and she said that I would become a lawyer. Like a stubborn teenager I didn't think so at the time but what really mattered was that she really believed in me and my abilities and so when I finished university and felt a bit stuck in my first job I thought about this a lot more. I actually think of her a lot. I wish I knew how to contact her and I would reach out to say thank you. However, in terms of actually getting to my career, I would probably have to thank my husband more than anything who supported me through some difficult times and believed in me through my studies.

What originally got you interested in your current field of work?

So essentially I trained as a tech lawyer because I always had an interest in new technologies and the impact they had so seeing that impact in law and how the law develops comes from that. For my role as a  knowledge lawyer now, I feel as though it is a concentration of all the good bits about being lawyer but supercharged. I get a lot more time to devote to creating new content such as legal documents for future or blogs which I enjoy. I also love training so I am excited to be able to coordinate and deliver more of that and use these things to support the lovely team here. Being a knowledge lawyer at SL is probably also very unique because it means working on really interesting new tech ideas like flamenco which is cutting edge in the legal industry.

Do you live by any piece of advice or motto?

Probably many but you know when someone asks you can't think of any that sound particular catchy. I guess what I think about a lot with my work is a variation on "use the right tools for the job". As lawyers we work with a lot of different resources to create contracts and other documents, sometimes if you don't start from the right place it make a job much more difficult or take much longer so I always think if something isn't working, don't be afraid to start again from a different place.

Would you rather live in the South Pole or in space and why?

Well they are both cold and I am not a fan of being cold but if I had to pick, I would probably go for space. I imagine the view would be spectacular and I am hoping that space suits are temperature controlled so I would always be cozy.

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