Nikki Bloomfield, Flick Electric general counsel, tells NZ Lawyer why floristry was her career plan B.
What made you decide to become a lawyer?
Initially because of a sense of justice, then as it turns out, it was because I like solving problems for people.
How long have you worked at Flick Electric Co., and what brought you to this position?
I have been in the electricity industry for a good long time now – something like 10 years. I was impressed with Flick shaking things up in the industry and truly focussing on customers.
What’s the strangest case you’ve ever worked on/been involved with?
Early on in my career I worked at the UK Government Legal Department and then at the NZ Police Commissioner’s Office . So for a few years years I worked on human rights and criminal law matters - all the cases were sad and strange. I really admire lawyers who can work in those difficult areas of human hardship. It is important work – and it is hard going.
If you could invite three people for dinner, dead or alive and excluding family and friends, who would they be and why?
I have got two little kids so I don’t get out much – I would be happy dining with the first three people I saw on the street … and being Wellington people I am sure they would be interesting and that we would know people in common!
You’re based in Wellington – where’s the best place to go for a drink and/or dinner after work?
Chow. It is a favourite.
What’s the best piece of advice (work or personal) you’ve ever been given?
If you can do something about it, then do it. If you can’t, don’t worry about it.
Do you have any hobbies/interests outside of work?
I love getting out and about in Wellington. I have a group of friends who meet up with and go running, then immediately after we drink black coffee and eat meat pies. Allegedly it isn’t the recommended athletic diet.
Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be…
A florist. I have the perfect surname for it. “Bloomfield Floral Art” would be amazing. It is always good to have a Plan B.
What do you think will be single biggest issue facing the legal space in NZ in 2016?
I don’t think there is ever a single biggest issue – so for lawyers I think it will be the same as always, keeping on top of all the things that need to done.
If you had John Key’s job for one day, what would you do?
Definitely attend a superbly catered breakfast seminar, I love a good breakfast seminar.
What do you love about your job?
Being part of a team that is growing a business – it is rewarding and I am learning about all the aspects of growing a business.
What would you change about your job right now if you could?
I would have more time to dedicate to it, but without having to give up the time I spend with my kids. It is a quandary.