Spotlight on Women in Law

December 18, 2017

Inviolata Dumbutshena is the founding partner of Dumbutshena and Co. Attorneys, a boutique business law firm based in Zimbabwe. She holds a Masters in Commercial Law (LLM) from the University of Capetown , a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Fort Hare University, postgraduate diploma in Australian Law from the University of Technology, Sydney and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, Sydney. She is registered to practice law in Zimbabwe and Australia.

Inviolata is currently the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Australia Business Council.

It is this diversity and extensive international exposure that enables the firm to serve local and international clients.

What made you want to become a lawyer?

I wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on society and always knew being a lawyer would equip me to do so. I also selected the legal profession as it requires me to constantly learn. My late grandfather served as Chief Justice in Zimbabwe and this also played a positive role in cementing my opinion that the legal profession is a noble profession that one can use to make a positive impact on society. Many of his judgments are still referred to in Zimbabwean Courts and Regional Courts.

Could you describe one of your typical workdays?

I usually check my emails first then have a quick debrief and brainstorming session with my colleagues on new matters, attend to client consultations, court attendance, plus the inevitable research, reading and drafting.

What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?

Initiative, attentiveness, logical reasoning, good interpersonal skills, commercial acumen, good judgment, research skills, management skills, and teamwork skills.

What parts of your job do you find most challenging?

Assisting the Clients without being emotionally involved in their experiences or transactions.

What do you find most enjoyable?

The diversity of the legal profession, I learn something new daily. One of my key roles as a corporate and commercial lawyer is to understand the law and my client’s business. This has enabled me to learn so much about different businesses and industries, as well as the diverse areas of law that impact my clients.

Are there any negatives to your job?

Finding a work-life balance given the demands and deadlines that come with the legal profession.

How many hours do you work in a typical week?

Approximately 50 hours or more, I feel my job requires me to put in the extra work and is hardly an 8-5 job.

The law is always changing with different rulings. How you do and how much time do you spend on research of the latest “case law” or whatever else changes in the legal system?

Dumbutshena& Co. Attorneys focuses on personal development through up skilling and training and the firm subscribes to various databases and ensures that I attend seminars which assist me in keeping abreast with the changes in the legal system.

Do you find the job pressures are too great to have the ability to balance a healthy lifestyle between pleasure and work?

It’s easy to be consumed in work and forget to have a healthy work-life balance but I think it’s important to find a routine that works for you. That’s something that I learnt to manage and now have time to go to the gym and spend time with loved ones without jeopardising my work turnaround time and performance.

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