What keeps you motivated?
The desire to do a good job for the clients.
Tea or coffee?
Mostly tea but a skinny latte first thing when I arrive in the office. I am also a big fan of decaff tea and herbal tea.
What would you say to anyone thinking of a career in your field?
It has been a fantastic career although at times really hard work. It is so much more difficult now to obtain a training contract than it was when I started my training contract in 1987. In those days you could almost pick where you wanted to go. These days I think there is probably about 500 applications for each training contract. It has to be a career you are completely committed and dedicated to you.
What song do you listen to the most?Jesus of Suburbia
by Green Day.
Who inspires you within the world of family law?
I have always found Mr Justice Moor a very fair and reasonable Judge with a razor-like brain. Deborah Bangay QC
also inspires me for her commitment, dedication and hard work.
How do you enjoy your time outside of work?
Being outdoors is a passion of mine, whether it is dog walking or running or cycling.
What book would you recommend to others?
I don’t really have the chance to read these days except when I am on holidays and then it is always a good autobiography – definitely not fiction.
What would be your alternate career?
A journalist. When I was younger I would have loved to have been a travel journalist.
If you could change one thing about the family justice system what would it be and why?
Acrimonious and aggressive family lawyers who often make it worse for clients.
What has winning the Family Law Award meant to you?
It has been fantastic to have recognition for all the hard work we have done over the last 22 years. We have always known we are one of the best but this award confirms this for us.
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