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Inspirational Women Q&A: Nikki Whittle, Brabners


Nikki Whittle is a partner at law firm Brabners and is the Brabners Lancashire head of corporate. She handles a broad range of corporate transactions, acting for a range of clients from SMEs to large companies.

In 2021, Nikki was named one of the region’s top 25 female entrepreneurs and innovators to watch by Lancashire Business View. As part of Boost's celebration of International Women's Day 2023, she shares the story of her career and advice for other women in leadership.

What does your business do?

Brabners is an independent law firm which provides legal services to large and mid-sized businesses, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals.

The firm has been in business since 1815 and has an independent grant-making charity, the Brabners Foundation. The company employs over 440 colleagues across the North at its Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds offices.

Brabners Lancashire relocated from Winckley Square, Preston, to its new Grade A office at Sceptre Court Business Park in Central Lancashire in 2021.

What has been your biggest business breakthrough?

There has been two key breakthroughs in my career. The first was being made a partner, something that I have always wanted to be and which I feel is really important as there are still not enough female partners across the UK legal professional.

The second is being able to chair our Together Action Group (TAG), an internal committee at Brabners consisting of five sub-groups which push for positive change across the company on equality, diversity and inclusivity.

I am passionate about helping to ensure Brabners is a firm that allows everyone the same opportunities, whatever their race, gender or sexuality – leading our TAG helps me to be part of that.

What has been your proudest achievement in your career?

My proudest achievement is not strictly related to Brabners – it is the birth of my son. With me and my partner there had always been something going on in our lives which meant the time was not quite right to have children.

 It took a global pandemic for us to see that having a child was really important to us. Initially, we were worried we had left it too late, but Stanley is 15 months old tomorrow – we couldn’t be happier!

What is the most effective support or guidance you have received?

Praise. When I was a trainee, I worked working closely with one partner in particular. As you are learning, there are a lot of times where something is not quite right and needs correcting, which they did, but they also always made sure to praise me when something was done well – that has stuck with me to this day, 15 years later.

What keeps you going when things are tough?

The colleagues that I have are fabulous. The Brabners Lancashire office is a great team and we all look out for each other. We also have a lot of women in the Lancashire team and it’s great to see women building up women – that is really important in business.

What are your best three tips for maintaining your wellbeing?

  1. Always take time out for yourself, it’s important to maintain a work-life balance and, as part of that, doing something you enjoy to clear your head. For me, that is swimming, which brings me nicely onto my next point.
  2. Exercise: it is great to help take your mind away from the stresses of the business. It doesn’t need to be rigorous exercise, it could be a 10-minute walk outside in the fresh air.
  3. Talk to people: life can be stressful and challenging but it’s important not to keep things bottled up.

What advice would you give to a woman starting their career in business?

Do not give up when things get hard. When you are starting out in your career you will make mistakes – at the time they may seem major but when you look back, you will see that they are not as big as you thought.

You will also see that dealing with and correcting those issues helped to make you a more experienced professional and person. www.brabners.com


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