What first attracted you to a career in law?
I studied criminal law at A Level and fell in love with the subject. I often spent my free time watching criminal trials from the Public Gallery. After university I started working at HCR at age 21 as a paralegal in private client. It was during my training contact at HCR that my passion for family law began. I enjoyed helping people at what is likely to be the most difficult time of their lives.
What type of legal advice do you provide and to what sorts of client?
I provide advice to private clients going through a separation and consequential issues such as divorce, child arrangements and cohabitation disputes, as well as financial remedy proceedings. I also advise on pre and post nuptial agreements. I am also a solicitor advocate, meaning I can represent clients as their advocate in court. This is beneficial because it often ensures continuity of representation, avoids counsel where appropriate and save costs.
What is your most memorable legal experience and why?
I think my first contested final hearing as a newly qualified solicitor was one to remember. The judge decided it was appropriate to proceed with a final hearing on the day, so I had to conduct a full evidential hearing with very little experience. I was successful in the application and the respondent narrowly avoided prison.
What is your top tip for clients?
Without a doubt put your children first and do not allow adult issues to cloud your judgement in doing what is best for your child or children.