In the Spot-light: Ten Questions for: Andy Caldicott, Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Describe your job and what you enjoy most about it.
I think it’s fair to say I’ve done virtually every job there is to do at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, from assistant solicitor to managing partner!
Currently I am head of the family law team. I’m also the firm’s deputy compliance officer, the firm’s money laundering officer and the compliance officer for our subsidiary company, Medical Accident Group.
My priority always has and will be my legal work and I’m a very busy practitioner. I’m also a solicitor advocate so regularly spend a lot of my time in court.
I’m also a collaborative lawyer so do a lot of lawyer lead mediation as well.
How long have you been with HCR? What was your journey to get there?
I just celebrated my 21st anniversary with HCR.
After I left school, aged 18, I didn’t go to university. I was taken on as a “tea boy” at Parkinson Wright Solicitors. They were very good to me and supported in pursuing my legal studies part time until I eventually qualified in the early 1990s.
How do you keep your team motivated?
Money and fear….! Seriously, I hope people would say I lead by example and that everyone shares my inspiration which is client care and achieving good outcomes.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A rock star. My “15 minutes of fame” was to be a drummer in a band that was on a TV show called New Faces back in the 1970s in Birmingham. We came fifth out 80 in the final and sadly that was the end of that.
What subject do you wish you’d paid more attention to in school?
I’ve always been more arty than scientific but wish I had paid a bit more attention in science classes.
What are you reading now?
An autobiography of Ray Davies from the Kinks.
What is your favourite piece of technology?
That’s a tie between my Dyson handheld hoover (I drive all those around me mad by being obsessively tidy!) and my iPod.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
What is one thing about you that most people would be surprised to know?
I’m a closet mod and own a Vespa.
Who is the most interesting person you have met?
That’s also a tie between Paul Weller and Billy Bremner (yes, I’m a long suffering Leeds fan, I’m afraid).