My job is all about people, and that is what I love. I also love the variety in employment law – one minute you can be advising on the employment aspects of a merger or acquisition and the next, negotiating a settlement or drafting a witness statement.
I’m seldom shocked by what employees get up to and I enjoy the challenge of applying complex legal principles to everyday situations in a common sense, easily accessible way.
Communication and common sense are invaluable – I listen carefully to my clients to be sure I know what they want, rather than assuming that I know what the best outcome is for them. I look for opportunities to add value, by anticipating a client’s next step or considering how they can streamline their process or prepare for what’s on the horizon.
Follow your policies!
Keep clear records of meetings and document any changes to terms and conditions – memories fade, so documenting as you go will make life easier in the event of any issue arising.
If in doubt, it’s always worth asking – there’s no such thing as a silly question!
Is your job really like Suits/The Good Wife?
Can’t I just sack them?
Well yes, you could, but whether you actually want to do that very much depends on your appetite for risk – you really might not like what happens if you do!