There are days when I literally have to pinch myself. Last week, when our office manager rushed over and told me that we were Finalists in The Manchester Legal Awards, it was one of those days when I had to take a deep breath!
As a born and bred Mancunian (who is immensely proud of my roots), being nominated is a recognition of the long legal journey that I have taken. Starting out as a young solicitor was always going to be hard but with the determination and work ethic of a donkey (on good days I call it a horse), I always set my sights high. It is hearing news like this that makes me realise that my dreams are being achieved.
Nayyars has been nominated for 2 awards. The first is Small Firm of the Year 2019 and recognises the success the business has had in the last 12 months. We have opened a 2nd office, diversified into other areas, dealt with a number of high-profile cases and received national media attention. We have always been dynamic and open to change at Nayyars but last year was exceptional. We took leaps and bounds in our growth and strategy. We are up against stiff competition and it is a cliché (but true) – just to be in running is a massive achievement for us all.
The second award is for Partner of the Year 2019. Yes – that’s little ole me! The vision I had for Nayyars when I first started out was to be the best Small Firm on the High Street. Having worked in a big city centre firm, my aim was to provide that same service level attitude to every client that walked through the door. Standards do not slip just because you are now working at a smaller level. They stay the same. I also believed that being a solicitor was about helping people in their time of need. The empathy and support they need should always be there from a good legal team. We are often the first port of call for our distressed clients and we take that responsibility seriously. Thankfully the vision paid off and the whole Nayyars team accept that to work at Nayyars means you are embodying that attitude.
I attended the Manchester Legal Awards as a guest last year. I really enjoyed mingling with the finest legal community there is! (Yes I am biased Manchester really is the best city in the world!).
The awards ceremony is on 7th March and we can’t wait!