Gemma Gouder

Assist Strategy Board

Paul J Watson Solicitor.

Chartered Manager of a Middlesbrough Law Firm in criminal defence and family law.  I have worked in the legal sector for over 20 years.  During that time, I have had the opportunity to run a variety of community projects, with refugees and asylum seekers, underprivileged youths, domestic abuse survivors and kinship carers.

Chartered Manager of law firm offering specialist advice in criminal & family law. I currently have a team of 10 staff & deal with all aspects of law firm management; strategic planning, business development, marketing, IT/social media/website development and management, Professional Indemnity Insurance & practising certificate renewals, finance, HR & recruitment, billing, Legal Aid contract compliance and audits, Corporate Social Responsibility, risk management & client care. I am responsible for ensuring that high standards of compliance with practice & regulatory requirements are met.

I am particularly interested in Equality & Diversity & set up a school partnership offering work experience for underprivileged youths and have implemented various community projects which resulted in a number of business awards. Our firm is a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter, a voluntary scheme confirming firms’ commitment to promoting & establishing best practice.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Managers Institute, Professional Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and Student member of the CIPD.

I would like to see change amongst big businesses for having seats for women at the table, not just through gender but also through disability. 

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