What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am a barrister, family arbitrator and mediator. I do family finance work from 36 Family
, 4 Field Court, Gray's Inn.
How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?
I was called in 1980, so nearly 39 years, though I’ve only been at 36 Family for 5 years. It is really the only job I ever wanted to do. My grandfather was a silk and I remember going to court with him when I was 14 or 15 and being absolutely fascinated by it.
Any memorable stories from your career so far?
Probably the most memorable was the case in which I had to cross-examine a husband on a judgment summons who had dressed up as Darth Vader
(complete with the mask and the cape - security at the RCJ having already taken his ‘light-sabre’ off him). I began with one, fairly mild, question and he responded with a volley of several minutes of foul abuse. So I asked the judge, Wilson J., whether he thought that there was any point in me continuing and he said 'No, Mr Infield, I don’t think there is'.
What is the best and worst part of the day for you?
The best part of the job for me is cross-examination, particularly when it goes well. The worst part is, of course, losing a case. I think that if a barrister ever gets to the stage where they don't mind losing, they should leave the job.
What keeps you motivated?
I love the cut and thrust of debate and the feeling that we are helping people through what is probably one of the supreme crises of their lives. I also enjoy working with the great team we have at 36 Family
, who are far and away the best, friendliest and most supportive team I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
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