Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Louise Steps out on New Career Track

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Louise Steps out on New Career Track

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From sharp suits to girly glamour, former solicitor Louise White tells MARIE TURBILL why she exchanged life at the bar for a shop full of shoes.

Louise White is a self confessed "shoeaholic".

In fact, she says, she has so many pairs of shoes she couldn't even begin to put a number to it.

With this in mind it probably came as little surprise to her family and friends when the 27-year-old decided to turn her passion into a whole new career.

Louise ditched a successful legal job to open Cobblestone, a shoe and bag store on Stokesley High Street.

"My family were very supportive," she says.

"My mum had known I had been frustrated for a while and she knows I am not the type to make that sort of decision without thinking it through."

As for Louise's husband, Tom, she says he just wanted her to be happy.

"We really talked about it. Everyone was 100pc supportive," she says.

And, she adds, since making the break she has been so busy she hasn't had a spare moment for doubts or regret.

Louise, who is originally from Marske, explains that she studied law at Leeds Metropolitan University.

"I graduated in 1999 and decided to take a year out before starting law school."

During that year she bagged a job in a solicitors firm in Leeds.

"They ended up sponsoring me through law school," she says.

Once qualified the same firm took Louise on as a trainee solicitor.

"I really enjoyed my training contract, you really learn the ropes."

She says that she spent two years rotating through the different departments before being allocated a permanent position.

Louise became a commercial lawyer, a position she held for two and a half years.

But after a while she says she started to feel stuck in the same office, the hours were extremely long with very little client contact.

She says it was while on holiday with friends that she realised she was ready for a major change.

"We went away for New Year with some friends and I found myself whingeing about the same things I had whinged about the year before. …

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