I became a property solicitor because every property is different, every transaction is different; I love that variety as much as I enjoy seeing every stage of the property life cycle, from buying a property, through development, leasing, financing and then finally selling it.
Giving really outstanding client service is the key to what I do – everyone expects all their documents and advice to be correct; that’s basic. Brilliant service means giving practical and commercial advice, when and how it suits the clients, without tangling them up in legal language, and giving them a genuine opinion rather than sitting on the fence.
Outside work, spending time with my family comes top of the list, but I still play bass guitar, though my glory days (runner up in the inaugural Law Rocks event in 2009) are definitely behind me.
Ask if you don’t understand.
Let me liaise with your other professional advisers as this will make your life easier.
Be organised in getting your documentation together as this will make things go faster and smoother.
When are we going to complete?
I’m often still waiting for the other side to confirm that documents are agreed and am continuing to chase.