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Highly Recommended Coaching for Lawyers
Cecilia Barrett, Barrister
I first discovered Nikki, after a colleague in Chambers recommended her book ‘Raising The Bar’ and thereafter, during the first Lockdown, her delivery of a fabulous interactive wellbeing webinar to all members, including the staff of chambers.
Throughout my career at the Bar, I have been hampered by the dreaded Imposter Syndrome, which I realised was stopping me from ‘playing big’ blocking any further progress in the profession I love.
Through my sessions with Nikki, she has guided me to be able to challenge the negative mindset I had created, which in turn has begun to realise much more self-confidence in me and a determination to break down the barriers that I had built internally that were holding me back.
I cannot recommend Nikki’s coaching methods highly enough – challenging yet supportive, thought provoking and energising, such that having concluded our sessions for now, I am left with a clear sense that I am the author or my own destiny and in fact the world (at the Bar and outside it) are my oyster!”
Sarah Blackmore, Barrister
Rachel, Law Firm Partner
I met Nikki when she gave a coaching session to the Women in Criminal Law network. Nikki’s journey to coaching was inspiring and her approach was friendly and positive. As a result I contacted Nikki to arrange some personal coaching sessions. Nikki was immediately responsive, supportive and flexible to my needs. I found the coaching sessions thought provoking. The key thing for me was Nikki’s ability to help me break down challenges into bite sized tasks, which made them feel less daunting. Nikki encouraged me to think outside the box and look at the issues I was facing in a different way. Nikki is very easy to talk to, she is an excellent listener and gives helpful, constructive feedback. Nikki is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for professional coaching.
I first met Nikki about a year ago and since doing so have been very impressed with her authenticity and drive for empowering and supporting women in the legal sector. As a business, we have enlisted her support with a coaching programme for our ‘maternity returners’ and all my colleagues, without exception, have been full of praise for her role in supporting their development and confidence building upon returning to work. Nikki ensures the coaching she offers is bespoke to their individual needs, spending quality time with them and delivering measurable outcomes, whilst remaining congruent with the aims of the business. Nikki’s personal style means she is approachable and builds trust and rapport quickly and the fact that she has a legal background herself is a bonus, bringing empathy to the support she provides. I have also heard her present at networking events and she is equally as impressive in that environment too. Nikki is also very organised and flexible and is a real pleasure to work with. I would have no hesitation in recommending her
Helen, Head of HR, Clarion Solicitors
Working with Nikki really helped me refine and clarify my goals, and to identify any necessary changes needed to reach them. She was very clear and I found the sessions incredibly helpful in taking a step back and looking at things from a different perspective, which is hard to do by yourself when things are very busy! Shortly after our course an opportunity came up, which I was well placed to take up, thanks to working through our sessions. If you need a bit of time to focus, or work through a transition period I highly recommend working with Nikki
Rhian, Senior Legal Counsel, MarketAxess and Trax, Netherlands
My coaching sessions with Nikki have been extremely worthwhile. A couple of years after obtaining tenancy, I felt like I was lacking a clear goal and vision for how I wanted my practice to look. Nikki helped me with a practical framework for how to consider and identify my goals and align these with my values. Previously, I found thinking about these topics difficult. Nikki made it manageable. This was a really empowering experience. The fact that Nikki has spent 19 years at the Bar meant that the sessions were really tailored and insightful.
I would highly recommend Nikki, not only for more established practitioners, but as a very junior practitioner, Nikki has helped to give me the frameworks to shape my future career progression.
Anon, Junior Barrister, Criminal Law
Nikki is an excellent coach. I can highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for some support in deciding how to progress their career. I really liked Nikki’s warm and personable approach. She gently but very effectively guided my thinking process so as to help me distill it down to what really mattered and what I wanted to achieve and why, both in the short, medium and long term. Her support was very practical and useful, for example helping me set some clear, achievable action points at the end of each session.
Ann, Banking & Finance Lawyer, Career Break Returner
Amy, Senior Lawyer
Nikki’s coaching helped me to gain a greater sense of power and control over my professional situation and work-related stress. The sessions also enabled me to see my direction of travel with increased clarity through refining my core values and objectives. Coaching with Nikki was a valuable investment in myself and my career
Nikki was an invaluable source of advice, motivation and guidance. She effectively identified my strengths and helped me to establish a personal brand and value proposition: two tools that gave me the confidence to assert my worth. Flexible. Intuitive. Responsive. Caring. From our first coaching session together, Nikki helped me clarify my thoughts and identify what I needed to do to move forward. She helped me see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ by breaking down the steps I needed to take into bite-sized actions. Her follow-through is remarkable, as is her steadfast positive attitude. I would definitely work with her again!
Anon, Senior Associate Solicitor, London
Nikki has an amazing attention to detail and is extremely thorough in her analysis of the issues which you are working through by helping you to see them in a different, positive light. I have already seen the benefit of Nikki’s sessions by reflecting on the first session I had with Nikki to where I am now; Nikki has boosted my confidence, drive and motivation since day one. Nikki meticulously follows up the sessions and is tenacious in her approach. I can vouch that Nikki is certainly making waves!
Samira, Owner/ Manager, Solicitors firm
I really enjoyed my coaching sessions with Nikki- a much needed confidence boost following my return to work after maternity leave number 2. Nikki really took the time to understand my needs, I found her helpful, empathetic and inspiring.Through her coaching sessions and book recommendations, Nikki has helped me unlock the tools I already had to be my own life coach, be my own mentor, and strive for the career progression and work life balance that’s right for me.Thank you, Nikki
Nikki is a wonderful coach! She is kind, passsionate and compassionate. She has great coaching tools and skills to help you hone in on which goals you truly want to accomplish. Nikki helps set you up for success and is a powerful motivator. I am truly appreciative and blessed to have had her support in my pursuit of continuing my legal career. I highly recommend her as a coach.
Monica, International Human Rights Advocate, USA
I would highly recommend Nikki… Our sessions were focussed on the challenges I faced returning to work following maternity leave… I found the sessions very useful and thought-provoking and gave me an opportunity to truly reflect on what I wanted from my career and how I could set a strategy to achieve that. She is very friendly and a great listener. She took the time to really understand my needs and provided helpful and supportive guidance. As a result of the coaching sessions, I have become more disciplined in completing tasks and getting things done. She challenged me to act in ways beyond my comfort zone which has helped rebuild my confidence following my return to work.
Louise, Senior Associate Solicitor
The sessions with Nikki have… really made me reflect on existing habits and how I can change these to improve my working day and become more efficient. Nikki is really easy to talk to, not judgemental … I liked that the sessions were tailored to me and what I wanted to achieve
Charlie, Senior Associate Solicitor
Nikki helped me to identify my short and long term goals and break down my journey to realistically achieving those goals. Nikki helped me to “dig deep” to find solutions myself and her approach to self-accountability focuses the mind on achieving and not letting things drift. Nikki understands the legal profession and challenges that all lawyers (male and female) face. I think that insight provides an invaluable angle to her coaching style.
Kayleigh, Senior Associate Solicitor
I have just finished a course of [career break returner] coaching. I learnt a lot…and it has made a huge difference to my confidence and motivation since returning to work after maternity leave. I have come out of the sessions having a clear career goal and will continue to check back at the goals I set myself in the short and long term to ensure I am progressing as I would like. Nikki motivated and inspired me throughout and hit the nail on the head each and every session.
I would definitely recommend Nikki’s services to others who have had some time out of work and are looking for focus and guidance.
Kerri-Anne, Associate Solicitor
Through a series of very powerful sessions with Nikki, she helped me break down what I needed to do [to change career] and helped me commit to doing it. Nikki was so effective because she was entirely flexible with me, listened to what I said and adapted her Coaching accordingly. Nikki is very approachable and friendly, an excellent listener and a very kind, non-judgemental person. Excellent coaching by Nikki which was much appreciated and has been very effective even to the present day.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the [targeted] session, but Nikki was a true professional in dissecting my aims and giving me clear goals to focus upon. Not only that, I was able to clearly identify my strengths and weaknesses and then plan strategies to realise my goals. The confidence and assurance I now feel in realising my objectives has been an eye opening journey. I cannot thank Nikki enough.
The coaching sessions I have had with Nikki have made me more enthusiastic about my career. Nikki’s coaching has helped to give me a forward-thinking approach to my current job, my future career and the progression that is required to achieve those goals. I found Nikki’s knowledge of my sector invaluable and a really useful tool in guiding me through the complexities of progressing in the legal field. Nikki’s method is geared towards getting you to think about what you are doing, where you want to go, and how you are going to get there. I found Nikki to be approachable, a clear communicator and a good motivator.
Nikki is a highly skilled coach and adept at bringing out the best in people. She has huge passion for what she does and genuine insight into the skills needed to further careers in the legal profession. Her background as a criminal barrister means she understands the challenges faced and therefore offer realistic and invaluable guidance and support. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
Rachel, Managing Partner