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Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve and also National Chairman, Resolution. In my day job for Mills & Reeve I combine ongoing client work with involvement in various projects such as effective working strategies, training and learning and business development.
Family law has always formed part of my practice since I qualified over 35 years ago. In the early days, I was a 'general practitioner', combining my family law work with crime, commercial litigation and even some prosecution work. For the last 25 years or so, however, I have been a family law specialist. I became Head of Family for Mills & Reeve in June 2016.
I joined Resolution in the mid-1980s. I chaired the North West region for a few years until I got elected to Resolution’s National Committee in 1991. I have been an NC member for all but 2 years since and was previously National Chair of the organisation between 1995 and 1997, the only person to have held the role twice!
Mills & Reeve is a great firm and it’s a pleasure and privilege to be heading up a national family law team full of colleagues who are knowledgeable, committed to our clients and wherever possible to resolving issues in a constructive way. And they manage to do all of this with a sense of humour and perspective. There are lots of memorable stories, but discretion is the better part of valour!
Generally, I am an evening rather than a morning person, but you obviously have to do what it takes to get the job done and if this means an early start I can cope.
Essential training providing the very latest case-law developments, legislative and procedural...
It sounds trite, but making a difference, whether that is helping people going through what can be one of the most stressful times of their lives or through my role at Resolution helping to influence changes in the law and practice that are of real benefit to our members and the clients they serve.
Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.
Be prepared to work really hard and take risks. Ensure that you don’t let the work overwhelm you and strive wherever possible to maintain a balanced view of the successes and challenges that you will face.
No one song. I have a very wide taste in music from Beethoven to Bowie. I have also written music in the past (including the music that my elder daughter came down the aisle to when she got married). In an effort to ensure that I don’t forget them, some of my own compositions get played quite regularly!
Family, music and sport. I fairly recently took up playing football again, which many may consider inadvisable at this stage of my life, but it’s reminded me how much I used to enjoy it and it keeps me fit. I also play tennis and golf. I have grandchildren that I am trying to spend more time with.