Rashmi Dube is an award winning solicitor and managing director of Legatus Law, that provides legal advice to protect companies, directors and their stakeholders.

“I first met Rashmi more than ten years ago,” explained TopicUK editor Gill Laidler, “at a networking event. It was obvious back then that Rashmi would go on to be successful.”

With 20 years experience in the legal industry, nine of which running her own business, Rashmi took her law degree at Derby University as she wanted to be a voice for other people. “I felt that SME’s needed a voice, so I specialised in business law advice, risk, insolvency and disputes,” she told us.

“I set up the practice at a time when the sector was shrinking, but we provide a product and service that nobody else has, clients can pay by retainer, so we act like an in house insurance policy,” she said. “Our service is there just when clients need us. We now employ 10 members of staff and are working towards a paperless office, we are 95% there, but some legal documents still require paper copies.”

In 2016, Rashmi decided to write her first book ‘Making a Splash’ - A Personal Guide to Networking. “I have always networked and many of my colleagues constantly asked to meet up for a coffee as they were looking for advice on where they should be networking, where were the best places to meet potential clients, etc and someone suggested that I write a book,” she added. “I didn’t take it serious at first, but after thinking about it, made the decision to go ahead, launching with Waterstone’s in both Leeds and London. The book explains how to network and how to get the most from it.”

As a leading entrepreneur and an inspiration to other women leaders, Rashmi believes in the power of building genuine relationships. In her book, she draws on her own experiences of networking and talks about the benefits and tools she uses. The book caters for all networking abilities, those dipping their toe for the first time to those looking for new inspiration. “I read Rashmi’s book and found it most inspiring and beneficial,” added Gill.

Passionate about business, Rashmi is also a regular weekly columnist for the Yorkshire Post, writing about what is happening in the business community and is also a renowned speaker and commentator, regularly addressing audiences on various subjects and is called upon to discuss topical developments on global change, politics and business.

She is a board director of TMA UK and Europe, an organisatiion that brings together professionals to meet, network and hear the latest news within business recovery, corporate turnaround and restructuring. She also is a Trustee for Yorkshire Dance in Leeds as well as a policy voice for the Institute of Directors Yorkshire and The North East.

Be the Bee and Fly is Rashmi’s motto. Why? “As a child I was told the bumble bee’s body was too heavy for it to fly with tiny wings. But no one told the bee, so it just does it and flies! I am passionate about sharing the vision behind that motto and inspiring others to Be the Bee and Fly!