Henry Brookman, Brookman Solicitors
What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am the founder of the firm and its Senior Partner. Family law is a fascinating mix of trying to help people solve some of the deepest problems in their lives with using the law creatively to achieve that. My day is a blend of talking to clients, dealing with the stream of paperwork that is created by litigation, managing the business and making sure that everyone around me is working effectively and happily.
How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?
People question my sanity in leaving Australia to work in London. The weather is rather different, but the human problems are the same. I started my career in a two-partner rural practice in South Australia, dealing with everything –
crime, family farms, estates –
you name it. But as time went on I realised that family law is perhaps the field that brings you closest to issues that matter most deeply to people, which is why I found I was doing more and more of it to the point that I became a specialist practitioner. Geography still matters, which is why London is virtually the centre of the world for international family law issues, and why I got on that aeroplane to come here.
What are the people you work for/with like?
The core of the firm consists of myself, son and daughter. Perhaps I am a dictator, but I hope not! I find their contributions immensely helpful and I know I can rely on them. We are very fortunate in also having Aziz Malik and Maria Conesa on board. They too look at problems creatively and get straight to the heart of the issues, something that is not too common for lawyers.
What is the best and worst part of the day for you?
seeing what the new day's emails have brought.
the frantic half-hour before the end of the day.