Della Burnside

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

I am helping to execute our firm’s strategy and encourage everyone in our firm to play to their strengths and enjoy what they do. In my opinion, enjoying what you do is the key to a happy and fulfilling career or working life.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I was intrigued by the law and felt that being a lawyer would suit my personality and would be a profession I’d really enjoy.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Difference. Respect. Acceptance.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

It will take a more universal understanding that the most successful businesses thrive on diversity and the arguments to encourage diversity are both moral and financial. Diversity fosters empathy, innovation and creativity.

Della is a Partner at The Burnside Partnership.