Meet the team: Introducing Emma Cousins
Our meet the team series continues as we introduce Emma Cousins, our brilliant associate and specialist employment law solicitor.
1. What is your elevator speech? Introduce yourself and your part in Team Torque.
I’m an Associate at Torque Law, specialising in all things employment law. I’m nine years’ qualified and experienced in providing pragmatic and commercial advice to employers, senior executives and employees.
To the rest of the Torque family, I’m known as Bob – two Emma’s is just too confusing!
2. Who/what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
From a young age, I was interested in law and enforcement; mainly from watching the likes of The Bill, Kavanagh QC and Ally McBeal! So, I knew that I wanted to go to university and study law. After finishing my law degree, the jury was still out (get it?) on whether I wanted to pursue a career as a barrister or a solicitor. Whilst I enjoyed several mini-pupillages at chambers in London, I decided that the instability of the bar wasn’t for me and so, embarked on my career as a solicitor. I trained and spent several years at an international firm in London before heading up North… the rest is history! I couldn’t imagine doing any other job or working with any team other than Team Torque!
3. What energises you at work?
I’m really lucky that I have two super bosses (Emma and Tiggy), who positively encourage flexibility. This enables me to balance my busy work life and my crazy home life (three children – need I say more?). Having the ability to give myself space to focus on being a mum and, at times (!), to focus on myself means that I feel happy, fulfilled, empowered and, when I’m at work, all the more engaged, energised and eager to provide an excellent service to our wonderful clients.
4. What’s something that made you smile recently?
Walking along the river in beautiful Knaresborough (which is local to me), sun shining, ice cream in hand, daffodils blooming – it really felt that life is ever so slowly returning to normal.
5. Do you have a favourite quote?
I’m a really big fan of Matt Haig and this quote from his book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, really resonates with me (and I’m sure many of you!):
We often find ourselves wishing for more hours in the day, but that wouldn’t help anything. The problem, clearly, isn’t that we have a shortage of time. It’s more that we have an overload of everything else.