Moulis Legal CEO on the future of the legal workforce

Zarmina Nasir is "always excited" to advocate for staff welfare and development

Moulis Legal CEO on the future of the legal workforce

Zarmina Nasir has always enjoyed pushing herself out of her comfort zone - a tendency that made her the ideal pick to be Moulis Legal's CEO.

Nasir took on her new leadership role last August, and with her unique blend of skills and experiences, she is poised to drive Moulis Legal’s growth this year by incorporating her passion for legal work, community empowerment, and strategic development into her leadership style.

In this interview, Nasir delves into her journey to the legal profession, her reaction to becoming CEO, and and the legacy she aims to establish during her tenure as CEO. 

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What led you to work in the legal profession?

In previous roles I have worked around international legal instruments and architecture to identify barriers and enablers for communities and businesses, and to ensure compliance – so I have always had an acute interest in the law, because it has such a direct impact on people, organisations, and the economy.  

What made you choose to work with Moulis Legal specifically? 

The Moulis Legal team has an international outlook that aligns really well with my global experience. Moulis Legal is underpinned by a values-based approach to both clients and staff, which is the way I work, and how I interact with stakeholders – it was a perfect fit. From my first meeting, I was impressed by the way ML lawyers strive for excellence and innovation and really keep quality services at the heart of their work.

What was your reaction when you learned that you had been elected as the firm’s new CEO? 

I was really excited, of course, to take up the leadership role of such a high-calibre organisation, and I felt privileged to have this opportunity to help shape the future of our work and our team. 

What challenges do you foresee in this role as a non-lawyer? How do you plan to overcome these challenges? 

In the past, I have worked across many sectors where I am not always the ‘technical expert.’ My learning mindset ultimately helps me to be open, to listen, and to reconcile that, although I’m not necessarily the most qualified, I can bring to this environment a perspective that is unique and valid in its own right. I like pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I this has led me to always being able to add value and contribute to a range of fields and organisations.  

As the incoming leader of the firm, what is your vision for Moulis Legal? 

Moulis Legal is so well positioned as a medium-size boutique firm with a strong reputation in both the international and commercial space. I want to continue to leverage our position and strategise on additional areas where we can emerge as leaders. 

What initiatives are you most excited about advocating for? 

I’m always excited to advocate for staff welfare and development, as our team is at the core of what we do and are vibrant and energetic. And I want to harness and nurture that, not extinguish it. They are the future of the legal workforce.

I enjoy strategic visioning but am also an advocate for working smarter, not harder, through strengthening systems and processes. 

How do you plan to work together with the firm’s other leaders to achieve your vision? 

The board and partners between them have a wealth of experience and a vision for the future of Moulis Legal. I will work really closely with them to draw on that nuanced understanding, and support for future initiatives. 

What are you hoping to be known for in your tenure as CEO? 

I hope internally the team feels I model our core values, and externally that I delivered a clear and creative vision for Moulis Legal that results in excellence and being “the” firm of choice.

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