Linda Lamb – Director of LSL Family Law – discusses the challenges facing small firms, her career and much more
Linda, can you please tell us a bit about your career?
a few years as a district nurse and midwife I studied for a law degree in
Scotland. After qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland I re-qualified in
England. Specialising in family law, I was Head of the Family Department in a
regional firm before setting up my current niche practice.
How and why did LSL Family Law come about?
I wanted to provide a more flexible service for clients by meeting them where
it is convenient for them. I was also looking to focus more on my clients than
endless office meetings. In addition, I wanted a flexible way of working which
also brought me quality of life.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing small firms right now?
Using technology in a way that will make their businesses more efficient, leaving
the lawyers free to focus on the strategic advice that the clients need. There
is often a temptation for smaller firms to panic in case they are left behind
when it comes to utilising technology and therefore, they invest in systems
that aren’t right for them. Whereas they should be more selective, making sure
that the product works for the firm and for their clients.
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing what would it be?
Making sure that all
family law practitioners are focusing on finding solutions for their clients
with the use of dispute resolution; and not fanning the flames making
communication within the family impossible for the future.
What has been the most rewarding case that you’ve been involved in?
The most rewarding cases for me are when children are allowed to have a
relationship with both of their parents. I have regularly come across fathers
who, without good reason, have been excluded or limited in their involvement
with their children. All children deserve to have a relationship with both of
their parents unless there is a really good reason why not. I would also remove
the term ‘primary carer’ because it suggests that the other parent is
In your view, what sets LSL Family Law apart from other firms?
It is a combination of meeting the clients where it is most convenient for them
and the use of technology allowing me to be able to access information wherever
I am. I work closely with others who support my clients such as counsellors who
specialise in working with families that have separated. This gives me
flexibility and enjoyment too.
Where would you like the firm to be in five years’ time?
I would like the firm to have a number of consultants who can enjoy the
practice of family law and a more flexible and enjoyable way of life. I am
living the dream now.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
A tremendous law lecturer at Aberdeen university called David Lessels who sadly
died fairly recently. He took a chance taking me into the university as a
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you do and why?
Something to do with therapy dogs. When I was a district nurse there were many
patients that wanted to see my dog, it brought them great pleasure.
What five words best sum you up as a lawyer?
Dependable. Patient. Compassionate. Practical. Honest.
Finally, how do you like to switch off?
My family, Una - my Labrador, my personal trainer who keeps coming in every
week despite me moaning, and skiing.