Event Overview

In June, as part of our association’s commitment to Diversity this year, join AIJA President Paola Fudakowska for a series of virtual coffees with inspirational women who will share interesting stories from their careers in frontline journalism, diplomacy, medicine and law. 

AIJA members, colleagues, friends and families are invited to join and engage in a interactive discussion about women in leadership across a variety of professions. 

This week, Paola has invited Sue Medder, former Chamber Director at XXIV Old Buildings. 

Join us on Friday 26 June at 15:00 Brussels time, 14:00 London time, 9:00 NYC time , 21:00 Hong Kong time.

On leaving school with limited qualifications Sue ran a craft shop in a sleepy market town in Somerset and cooked at Van Morrison’s studio for well-known recording artists. Having gained some further qualifications studying part time, she was offered a place to read Law at Bristol University. She secured a training contract with Withers and qualified as a litigator into the Contentious Trust and Succession Group. She was at Withers for 16 years where she became a partner and for her last couple of years, Practice Group Leader of the largest team of trust specialist litigators in the world. Sue also had a brief TV career co-hosting a six-part series for the BBC “You can’t take it with you” working with families to help them talk about difficult family issues surrounding inheritance planning with the aim of writing their wills. 

She joined XXIV Old Buildings in 2014 for a newly created role of Solicitor Chief Executive. Managing the development of the individual practices of 45 barristers and a team of clerks in a pre-eminent Chancery set with a substantial international practice, where she increased turnover by 50% during 5 years. 

Sue retired from XXIV Old Buildings in 2019 and is considering her options whilst reacquainting herself with the joys of the Cornish countryside.

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