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A day in the life of ... HHJ Stephen Wildblood QC
Date:21 SEP 2015
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Designated Family Judge for Avon, North Somerset and Gloucester

What is your position and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

Designated Family Judge. Sit in the Family Court and deal with large amounts of administrative work.

How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?

For 2 ½ years. Before that I was sitting in Exeter doing a mixture of family, criminal and civil work. Before that I was a Family silk.

What are the people you work for/with like? Any memorable stories?

Great. Better not tell any stories, though.

What is the best and worst part of the day for you?

The worst time of the day is when I settle down to work in the evenings. The best time is when I finally leave my desk (usually well after 10 pm).

What adjectives best describe you?

Industrious.

What keeps you motivated?

The recognition that there is nothing more invasive for children and litigants than having their private lives determined by another individual.

Tea or coffee?

Both.

What would you say to anyone thinking of a career in your field?

Be prepared for very long hours.

What song do you listen to the most?

‘Common People’ by Pulp and 'Living in the love of the common people' by Paul Young.

How do you enjoy your time outside of work?

Being with my family.

If you could change one thing about the family justice system what would it be and why?

Introduce early therapeutic intervention for parents who are involved with CYPS in the pre-proceedings stage.

HHJ Judge Stephen Wildblood QC, who will speak at this year’s Family Law Conference, has written about a range of Bristol-based pro bono initiatives in November [2014] Fam Law 1597. Family Law will publish an update to this article in the November issue. 

See also the FREE Family law session in Bristol on 1 October – a 'class' aimed at the public to help them find out how the Family Court works.

As part of this feature we are asking a wide range of people who have links to the court system and family law to respond to the above questions and give us some information about what their role entails. We hope to get a wide cross section of people - to this end, if you would like to contribute please email editor@familylaw.co.uk.
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