Head of Chambers at 4PB. As a barrister I specialise in complex children cases, particularly relocations. I am in court nearly every day and on the side try and find time to respond to hundreds of emails.
5 years as head of chambers. 30 years plus a barrister. That is too long a story.
Yes and my five volumes of memoirs are full of them (still looking for a publisher). The day I was fiddling with a Bic biro whilst addressing a district judge and the biro split in two with half of it flying across the court and hitting the judge is till up there as a favourite
Winning an argument in court. Drafting the order.
The people I work with.
Flat white at 8am, English Breakfast at 4pm and mint tea at 10pm. Every day, no deviation.
It’s knackering but really rewarding.
The theme from Rocky each day before court.
Dr Eia Asen, the psychiatrist: wise, humane, intelligent, caring, insightful.
Eating and wining; running and cycling to offset.
The cuts to legal aid in the last 15 years. They have deprived many of a fair hearing and justice. The saving amounts to a penny or two on a pint of beer or a few pennies on a packet of cigarettes. It’s all about priorities.
Winning the best chambers award again has been a massive boost for all the members and staff at 4PB. Everyone works very hard to keep our position amidst increasing competition.