10 questions with.. Claire Kerschensteiner
Hello #supergirls! Welcome to our weekly series "10 questions with.." - talking to girls who are R.O.C.K.I.N.G. it!!
THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING TO GET TO CHAT WITH Claire Kerschensteiner. Claire is 29 years old and works as an Associate at Omnia Strategy LLP - a boutique law firm in London. So excited that we get to spend some time with her!
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Hello Claire! So happy to get to chat to you. Would love to know more about you and your background! Have you always been living in London? If not, since when and what are your favourite parts about this city?
Hello! I am originally from Ireland, have been living in London for about five years, and before then I studied in Scotland.
There are two sides of London I particularly like, being a lawyer I love the legal quarter where you have buildings and streets which have been around for hundreds of years and which contain such history!
I also love travelling by boat on the Thames - you see a side of the city usually hidden when otherwise rushing about.
Your job sounds really exciting! Please tell us more about what you do!
As an associate, my role can vary hugely depending on the case. What it ultimately boils down to, though, is problem-solving. Our clients come to us because they don’t want the typical ‘big-law’ approach of litigation or throwing money at the problem. We aim to solve our clients’ issues by approaching them not just from the legal side of things, but taking into account considerations such as politics, diplomacy and communications.
That sounds very interesting! How did you get to do this?
I studied modern languages at university and while there did a year abroad in Russia. While there I wrote a dissertation on a well-known Russian case, and ended up applying for a job at the law firm which represented the defendant. I spent about 6 years there moving from researcher to legal assistant to trainee solicitor to a qualified lawyer.
What do you find the most exciting about your work?
I love when I get to use the languages I’ve studied, whether in travelling or in meetings with clients. I also love learning about new countries, how their legal and political systems work - which is essential knowledge when tackling clients’ problems.
What have been the biggest challenges you faced in career or life and what helped you overcome them?
I’ve been fortunate in so many respects in my career and can already say that the most important thing is having supporters - whether they are mentors, sponsors or simply colleagues who have your back, you can manage anything with the right support.
What do you like to wear at work? Do you have any favourite pieces?
As I travel and rush around so much, I tend not to wear heels or overly restrictive dresses. I usually wear a blazer and trousers, or skirts, and unfortunately I seem to mostly wear black!
What’s your off-duty style?
Well now that it is autumn, I get to wear my favourite outfit - leather boots, denim jeans and a long coat. I am fairly traditional in what I wear, and rarely (inadvertently) fashionable.
What is your favourite Changing Factor bag?
Definitely the Alien Sleeve Bag - it is a great size to carry papers or a laptop and adds such a great splash of style.
Now when it comes to having fun… what do you like to do in your free time??
I love reading and travelling - two fantastic ways of seeing the world, and learning about other places, people and ways of living.
The photo I have enclosed is from Greece – where I did a swimming holiday a few years ago. It was a phenomenal way to see the coast and the islands and an experience I’ll never forget.
Share with us a favourite piece of advice, quote, or saying of any kind!
This too shall pass!
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