WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards are now in their fourth year.
The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 20 different industries and professions.
Over the year’s, the awards have recognised 400 women across the UK and India.
In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a Rising Star award.
We spoke with Shivi Rajput, who won a 2018 Rising Star Award in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award).
Shivi is 29 years old and a Family Law Solicitor (5 years Post Qualification Experience). SHE graduated with First Class Honours in her Law degree and a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course, before being trained by a Deputy District Judge at a Legal 500 firm. She has personally dealt with hundreds of family law cases during the past seven years, ranging from straight-forward divorces to complex children and financial matters with an international element, and Shivi has had the privilege of helping many people in difficult situations. She is currently working for Eric Robinson Solicitors in the new Richmond upon Thames office, which is the firm’s 10th branch and their first venture into London.
Shivi joined the firm when the Richmond office opened, so she has been responsible for creating a caseload organically. Shivi has been actively involved in the business development for the office, attending regular networking events and giving presentations in the community on legal issues, including a presentation on Female Genital Mutilation to a group of 50 women and a presentation to law students at The Law Society on my life as a family lawyer.
Her goal is to become one of the youngest Deputy District Judges in England and Wales, whilst also continuing her private practice as a family law solicitor.
Whilst Shivi was studying for her degree, she also set up her own business called “Milkshake Magic” as a way of funding herself through university. Shivi offered party planning services, focusing on magic, contemporary party games and balloon modelling. She ran the business and also performed at all the events. Shivi was booked to perform at Johnny Depp’s son’s fifth birthday party, as well as charity events, large corporate events, local Borough events, schools and private parties. Although she has now stopped running the business, it vastly improved her leadership, organisation, business development and communication skills, which she have successfully transferred over to her current role as a solicitor.
Outside of work, Shivi is a former World Karate Champion, having represented England in several national and international competitions. She won the WKC World Championships in Germany in 2006 and she is a Second Dan black belt.