HALE-based Blackstone Solicitors co-sponsored a Women in Business lunch and seminar, at which TV presenter and property developer, Melissa Porter, was the guest speaker.

The event, held at the Colony in Wilmslow on September 22, was co-sponsored by Wilmslow based Chronos Wealth Management.

Ms Porter said: “Success is not measured by dollars but happiness” as she spoke of her personal challenges in achieving a work life balance.

She told her story around not just her TV work and property empire but the challenges that she has faced along the way.

She is now a successful certified behavioural coach and regularly works with high profile individuals and businesses however has also offered her mentoring services to inmates in Styal and Brixton HMP and jails around Peru, South America.

She added, ‘My role as a coach has reignited my passion and belief and has redefined how I view success. I am delighted to share my story.”

Managing director of Blackstone, Emma Nawaz, also shared her story with guests explaining how her career had taken her from professional ballerina to successful lawyer and mother of three children.

She spoke of how she had built a business within a relatively short space of time, with a team of 30 people and offices in Hale and Mayfair whilst endeavouring to be ‘a role model’ for her children. Blackstone focus on commercial and property litigation and Emma has personally taken on cases against several high street banks – and won.

Elizabeth Bird, managing director of Chronos Wealth Management, spoke around success empowering women to be educated and able to look after themselves.

An Oxford graduate, she worked in finance in London where she was often very much in a man’s world. Moving to Cheshire she now heads up Chronos where she works with many high net worth clients alongside family life.

Following the success of this event, a series of Breakfast seminars are now planned over the next 6 months. The next event will be on October 19.

To register your interest contact: Rebecca@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk