Profile: Meet Emma Cartlidge, Trainee Solicitor
Emma is a trainee solicitor at Consilia Legal. Emma commenced her training contract in September 2017 and is currently working in the employment law department assisting director Marie Walsh and employment solicitor Victoria Horner. Emma is an excellent communicator, well organised and is a valued member of the firm.
Where are you from?
Leeds. At 18 I ventured to the South West to study in Bristol but returned home at 22 much to my family’s delight (I think).
What is your favourite place to visit and why?
I visited The Gili Trawangan this summer with my university friends. It is an island off Lombok, Indonesia with the bluest sea and above all the most beautiful people inside and out. However, I don’t think anything will top 4.30pm on the ski slopes in the French Alps – the sun is coming down and it is the most peaceful part of the day as everyone is heading to the bars for après ski!
What is still on your “to-do” list?
To achieve a professional diving qualification so I can return to Bali and visit the turtles, master wake boarding and do a charity sky dive! I could go on and on.
What is the most memorable moment in your life?
Spending New Years Eve 2012 with my family in Cape Town. We spent the evening with the owners of the hotel learning some traditional dance moves (and then continued into the night like we were professional).
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I’m lucky to have really great friends and family so I spend a lot of time catching up over a G&T however to offset this I do love a spin class.
Favourite piece of trivia about you
Despite my hobbies, I have never broken a bone.
Who is your favourite role model?
This would have to be my Grandad. He taught me respect, a calm and kind nature, to be yourself and to always smile. He was an extremely well rounded individual but still super successful in his career.
What was your first job?
A paper-round. Whilst studying my Graduate Diploma in Law, I worked as an Ofsted Registered Childcare provider part-time to fund my studies. This was great fun and I picked up some valuable life skills.
If you didn’t work in law what would you do?
Be a travel writer. Before I studied law, I did a degree in English Literature so I’d love to practise some of my writing skills and what better way to do it than to travel the world and write about all of the places you’ve seen! I’m a big fan of the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.