What is your role at Pearson Fielding?
I am a senior solicitor at the firm and supervise the work that we undertake in police stations, magistrates’ and Crown courts.
What is the worst thing about your job?
We frequently encounter intransigence and inflexibility from the agencies in the Criminal Justice System. It is a constant uphill battle to fight against these.
What is the best thing about your job?
Fighting through the barriers created by those agencies to obtain the right result for a client. In some ways the pleasure is greater in the less serious cases when the ‘little man’ wins against the state….the victory of truth over power!
Why did you become a solicitor?
Pure chance. I had worked in industry and had taken a law degree as a way to develop myself. I intended to go back into similar work. I saw an advert for a temporary job for what would now be called a paralegal – and here I am.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
As a newly qualified solicitor I worked for Robert Broudie which was an education but without the assistance and influence of Bryan Green (my principal during my articles) and Stan Kerruish (with their partners at Mace & Jones), I would not be a solicitor. They gave me my chance and I learned much from them.
What would you be if you were not a lawyer?
Who knows? I came to the law late. What I would like to be is a lottery winner-a big fat, no publicity please, leave the country, please don’t ring me lottery winner!