Natalia Blecher

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

I assist clients to defend and enforce their brands and related intellectual property assets.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I’m embarrassed to say I had no real driver. My decision to study law was initially made for want of any other clear passion. However, in the process of studying law, I developed a bit of an affinity for it. I have always been a critical thinker and have always loved writing. I realised that I could deploy both skill sets to achieve very real outcomes for clients. That’s what I do now, and that’s one of the most satisfying parts of my job.

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

Empty corporate mantra.

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

Diversity of people breeds diversity of thinking. You simply will not achieve diversity within the legal industry until there is a critical mass of individuals at the top levels of organisations who themselves demand, and therefore model, diverse thinking.

Natalia is a Lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin