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A Day in the Life of ... Valentine Le Grice QC (barrister)

Date:14 JUN 2016
Queen's Counsel
Valentine Le Grice QC 36Family

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

I am a QC specialising in the financial consequences of divorce. Like most barristers appearing in court is the focus of my work. When people look at the fees we charge they often think they are high for a day's work; however it is never a day's work. If a case is listed for three days it is likely to take at least 20 hours to prepare. At the end of the day there is almost always work to be done overnight before returning to court the next day. There is a big difference between paying legal fees and receiving them so it's not for me to say whether there is value for money.

Away from court work there is advisory work. In my area most of that happens at face-to-face meetings. Divorce is a difficult experience and it is important that I get to know the client and the client has confidence in me. Anyone who enjoys advocacy and works hard at it will become...

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