International Women's Day 2018

IWD 8 March 2018

What is Ergo Law up to on International Women's Day?


We will be getting together with some of Edinburgh's power ladies (thank you Victoria of Stewart Christie for coining the term and including us in this bracket!) as part of an initiative sparked by Charlotte of the Pantry Edinburgh and supported by Tamsin of Wonderhouse Creative to make some noise to celebrate businesswomen in Edinburgh on IWD. 

Ermmm what kind of noise are Ergo going to be making? 

Well, we hear that there will be bloody marys at Finn and Bear so anything could happen...but mainly we are going to be sharing far and wide on social media the stories of many fantastic ladies who have established businesses in Edinburgh and work hard to #pressforprogress every day in their respective industries. We are thrilled that these ladies will also be sharing our story and hope that together we will contribute to the message of mutual support and ambition that International Women's Day represents. 

What is the Ergo Law story?

Ergo Law is a boutique law firm specialising in employment law, based in Edinburgh and  established by two solicitors Emma Reid and Cathy Donald, with the aim of staking a place for a different type of firm in a traditional legal landscape.

Emma and Cathy saw a gap in the market for a law firm which embraced flexible working and a modern business model. 

From solicitors to founding a successful law firm

Female business owners are in a minority- particularly in some of the more traditional industries such as law where it is still very unusual to find a female owned firm. 
This is the case despite the fact that female solicitors have outnumbered their male colleagues in Scotland since 2015. 

For Emma and Cathy, a significant motivation behind setting up the firm was a wish to achieve better balance between work and life as well as driving their careers forward.
In addition, with some issues in the workplace such as maternity and pregnancy discrimination, there are good reasons why individuals and businesses alike are keen to instruct a female solicitor.

What is Ergo Law doing to #pressforprogress? 

Ergo Law’s message is simple- law doesn’t need to be dry and distant.  Instead, Ergo provides a service which is compassionate and spirited as well as being of the highest professional standard. We will use our voice as entrepreneurs and employment lawyers, to contribute to the discussion surrounding gender inclusivity alongside our fellow business owners, friends and colleagues to celebrate women's achievements and forge increased positive visibility of women.

Where can I find out more?

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to hear more about the other Edinburgh businesswomen taking part in this #IWD2018 initiative. Image credit 

Edinburgh Birth and Baby- Supporting new and prospective parents

What is Edinburgh Birth and Baby?

EBB is a collective of professionals in Edinburgh who have come together to provide the highest quality of support advice and focussed services to new parents on a range of areas including:- first aid, birth preparation antenatal classes and support, doula support, counselling, massage, chiropractic advice, hypno-birthing, photography, pilates and of course employment law.

What do Edinburgh Birth and Baby do?

They connect qualified professionals to new parents and provide easily accessible advice and support via their social media community. They host regular events and produce factsheets which can be downloaded from their website, and create regular 'Friday Fact' and information videos on their YouTube channel which can be viewed here

Where can I find out more?

EBB have a very active Facebook page which can be found if you search for @edinburghbirthandbaby there is also a website with more information at

What about Ergo Law's involvement?

We are EBB's dedicated employment law adviser, we provide advice and support via their Facebook page and factsheets and we participate in relevant events held by EBB. Have a look at our Friday Fact video which we recently presented on paternity leave here

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