What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I’m a Senior Solicitor at Stowe Family Law
in Manchester dealing with complex divorce, financial and children disputes.
How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?
I’ve been working in family law for 11 years but joined Stowe Family Law about a year ago. I was at an international law firm previously and wanted to work for a specialist family law firm; Stowe Family Law gave me the opportunity to do exactly that.
Any memorable stories from your career so far?
I would probably have to say confidentially advising a member of a Royal family in another part of the world (no names!) and being successful on my first child abduction matter at the Royal Courts of Justice. The court building itself is so majestic and imposing that it’s a real honour to call it our workplace.
What is the best and worst part of the day for you?
The best would have to be making a real difference to someone in genuine difficulty. The worst would be having to deal with IT issues - computers aren’t all that they’re made out to be and I am entirely reliant on them.
What keeps you motivated?
Getting an incredible result for a client. The ability to hand someone a legal document that will, inevitably, have a life-changing effect.
Tea or coffee?
Extra hot, skinny, decaf latte, please.
What would you say to anyone thinking of a career in your field?
You have got to be patient and empathetic. Human emotion is complex and therefore if you’re not a people person, consider corporate law instead.
What song do you listen to the most?
Who inspires you within the world of family law?
I have had the pleasure of working with Pamela Scriven QC
: a phenomenal example of someone born to be a lawyer.
How do you enjoy your time outside of work?
I have also trained in dance and theatre. I can usually be found either behind the curtain on stage or in front as a member of the audience.
What book would you recommend to others?
What would be your alternate career?
A West End superstar, but only if my fans were prepared to queue for an autograph in the rain.
If you could change one thing about the family justice system what would it be and why?
I would increase the resources - the staff at court are stretched which at times, can make achieving justice a challenge.