The profile shows Charlwood’s confidence and optimism in building her career in a field where there is still a disparity between men and women in senior law firm positions. “Since there are fewer senior women, it can help you stand out,” she notes. Charlwood began her career at one of London’s “Magic Circle” firms and joined Shearman & Sterling three years ago as counsel. She was promoted to partner at the end of last year.
Reflecting on her career, Charlwood remarks on the importance of building your network from the outset. “As well as being a great lawyer, it is key to understand the value of professional relationships and invest in making and maintaining them.” The advice she gives to younger women is, if they enjoy the profession, to have a plan and work towards it. “Be strategic, be confident and seek out opportunities.”