Helen Pamely talks about 'How to Get Ahead in Your Legal Career'. Great tips and insight for any stage of your legal career.
Work with Helen Pamely
The Career Coach & Mentor for Lawyers
Ex-Law Firm Partner | Ex-Magic Circle Lawyer
As a former Magic Circle lawyer and top City law firm Partner (at just 6 years PQE), Helen understands what it takes to succeed in the legal profession.
Helen is also a qualified psychotherapist and executive coach, and now mentors and coaches other lawyers reach the top in their careers.
She also helps lawyers cope with the pressures of the job, and avoid burnout.
By defining your vision, mastering your mindset, and creating a solid and actionable plan for success, Helen will set you on the path to future success.
Helen’s services are an invaluable investment for any lawyer who wants to progress their career.
The Benefits of mentoring with Helen
Are you at a crossroads, and unsure of your next career move?
Maybe you feel as though you’ve stagnated in your career or that you’ve lost your passion for it?
Perhaps you’re just feeling burned out?
The good news is that this is where Helen, as your mentor, can help.
First, Helen helps you create the space in your life to take a breath. As lawyers, we have to manage huge amounts of pressure and stress, and often juggling competing deadlines, and dealing with challenging clients. Helen helps you get a hold of this so you can regain a sense of balance and avoid burnout.
Second, Helen supports you in defining your vision. She enables you to identify the motivations behind your purpose: your ‘why’.
Third, you take action, making your vision a reality. This is where you turn words into your new reality, designing your approach to work and life through a tangible step-by-step action plan, and being held accountable for the change. This is the ‘how’.
All of Helen’s mentoring programmes are bespoke, to help you achieve your goals faster.
As a former law firm Partner and Magic Circle lawyer, Helen understands first-hand the challenges faced by lawyers. With her knowledge of the legal sector, alongside a Masters in Psychotherapy and a certification in executive coaching from Cambridge University, Helen is uniquely placed to help you find the solutions you’re looking for in your career and in your life.
How to fly in your career
Climbing the career ladder in law can be daunting and tough. But with the right coach, it’s possible to get ahead more quickly and with greater success.
Helen’s mentoring programmes provide you with the guidance, resources and support needed to take your career to the next level.
Whether you’re looking to make a move to a new law firm, to bag a promotion or make a move out of law altogether, Helen will help you achieve your goals.
Helen also works with lawyers to support them on their journey to becoming a law firm Partner, and can provide insights and practical tips on what it takes to stand out from the crowd.
Working with Helen, you’ll have everything you need to take your legal career to the next level.
Create the work-life balance you’ve always dreamed of
Top athletes have to take care of their minds and their bodies. So do top lawyers.
One of the major challenges to lawyers is coping with the high demands of the job. This can lead to excessive stress, burnout and other mental health issues.
It’s important you find ways to re-balance yourself, so that you feel happy and healthy alongside succeeding in your career.
Those who reach their potential, will be the ones who take care of their wellbeing.
Helen helps you take back control of your life, manage your time more effectively, and find that balance need to succeed and feel good.
In a complimentary one-to-one Discovery Call you can discuss what you need, and Helen will suggest the right mentoring programme for you.
Through this, you’ll be able to create the space in your life and career that you need to avoid burnout and feel good in yourself.
Where does Helen offer mentoring?
Helen is a mentor for lawyers based in London. However, she works mainly remotely and so can offer her mentoring services to anyone, anywhere, including across the UK and USA.
She offers one-to-one career and performance coaching programmes that are tailored to each client’s individual needs.
What can a mentor help with?
Helen offers bespoke mentoring to help you:
- find your direction, whether that’s in the law or otherwise
- progress quickly and go for promotion
- stand out from the crowd
- go from being a ‘good’ and ‘solid’ associate to a ‘superstar’ associate, earmarked for partnership
- combat imposter syndrome and turn it into a strength
- find more balance in your life
- combat and avoid burnout
What is the difference between a mentor and a career coach?
A mentor is generally someone of greater experience, will support, advise and guide you. A coach will use a combination of observation, questioning, listening and feedback to create a conversation rich in insight and learning.
As a trained psychotherapist, coach and mentor, Helen uniquely blends mentoring and coaching practices with cutting edge psychology to facilitate deep insight and learning for her clients.
When mentoring lawyers, Helen draws on her experience and provides her view or suggestions, as required by the client, in their specific circumstances.
How many sessions do I need with a career mentor?
It depends on your situation and the goals you wish to achieve. Generally, a minimum of 6 sessions is required so that you can achieve tangible results.
What People Say
"She holds space for clients beautifully"
I would wholeheartedly recommend Helen as a coach. She is an incredibly warm and kind person who has a presence that makes you feel truly heard. She holds space for clients beautifully, enabling them to hone in on what it is that they really want and need to focus on. Guided by her skilful prompts, I made a lot of progress on a good range of work (and life!) issues in the sessions I had with her. Thank you, Helen!
Head of Markets Legal
"Helped me to gain much-needed clarity"
Helen has helped me to gain much-needed clarity on the type of role I want to move into and has helped me to feel much more confident about changing roles. She has helped me to take practical steps towards moving into a new role and has helped me stay accountable to the goals we have set in our sessions. I highly recommend Helen to anyone who is looking to make a career change, or simply looking to improve their confidence and sense of well-being in their existing role.
"I'm learning new skills on a weekly basis"
I came to Helen to help me transition out of my athletic career, which is challenging for me to process. I’m learning new skills such as improving my mindset, increasing my patience and tolerance towards myself and others and being more open to new ideas and perspectives. I come out of every session feeling refreshed, happy and buzzing. I’m then ready to prepare for the week ahead rejuvenated. This means I’m a better version of myself, as well as a better captain and teammate.
Professional Athlete (MMA) and Businessman
"Everyone came away feeling creatively empowered and inspired"
Helen delivered a brilliant session for She Breaks the Law on how to unlock our creative potential. We discussed how creativity makes us better thinkers, how it is necessary for well-being, how it reduces stress and keeps us healthy and had open discussion around what the barriers were. Helen speaks incredibly knowledgeably and her session is brimming with insight and practical tips. Everyone came away feeling creatively empowered and inspired.
CMO, She Breaks the Law
"Helen has been incredibly empathic"
I’ve been working with Helen in some very challenging periods in my life. Helen has been incredibly empathic towards me, showing no judgment and pure concern for my wellbeing. She has provided a number of practical suggestions which I’m implementing gradually. Helen isn’t a soft touch at all and doesn’t let her clients walk away from the journey that they agree with her; but equally she shows through her own experiences how human and fallible we all are and has never allowed me to feel like a failure when I slip up. I am so blessed to know her.
Head of Legal at a Major Multinational Corporation
"Helen helped me act on what is important to me"
I met Helen in 2021 and was immediately inspired by her unique coaching style, which puts wellbeing as the priority. Helen helped me find the time to act on what was important to me and to reignite the spark of passion for my work and life. Previously, I felt over-worked, stressed and busy but Helen helped me to clearly define my vision, set realistic and achievable goals, and ultimately create a happier and more balanced life for myself. This has in turn helped be more successful in my work. Thank you, Helen!
Founder, Kirsty Hayward Consulting
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