I graduated with a BSc in Microbiology from Sheffield University and worked in the environmental sector and pharmaceutical industry before retaining as a solicitor and qualifying in 1999. I started off in litigation and because I always maintained a strong interest in science, I combined the two and specialised in intellectual property. I now have over 15 years of dedicated IP practice experience behind me during which time I also completed a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice at the University of Bristol.
My in-house and firm experience spans IT, general commercial work, data protection, employment and regulatory matters amongst others. I currently carry out consultancy work via Legal Studio but also provide legal services to trade mark & patent agents and in-house services to a health care provider. My varied working history has given me experience of many different business sectors and means that I tackle issues with a strong commercial instinct. I always provide a sensible and cost effective approach and though I mainly tend to deal with non-contentious issues, my time spent in litigation means I am well placed to advise of all aspects of IP, IT and general commercial matters and will assist litigation teams with any relevant specialist aspects of a case or dispute.
I joined Legal Studio in 2016 in order to regain some control of my working life and my time. I loved being a lawyer but with a young family to consider, I didn’t enjoy the unpaid out of hours commitments and marketing that went with working for a law firm. Joining Legal Studio has kept me feeling part of a team; there is always someone around to support and assist and the benefits of being part of a group of like-minded individuals with a wide range of legal and life experience is invaluable. We have regular practice meetings, have the excellent back up of case management systems, legal research tools and training.
As a self-employed business owner it is easy to lose your way but being part of Legal Studio prevents any of that. You are not tied to working 9 to 5 nor to an office/desk and there’s always a friendly voice on the end of the phone. The office atmosphere is also entirely different to being in a law firm as everyone is working because they want to and when they want to, so there is no Monday Morning feeling. I find now that my working hours are fulfilling and productive but that I also have the time and flexibility to have a proper work-life balance.
As well as the obligatory child taxi service role, my spare time is filled with cycling, walking, gardening and reading (in particular historical novels and non-fiction). I also love to travel and have visited the USA, Canada, Nepal and Australia amongst other places. I love spending time outside of work with my husband and young son. I am also very interested in interior design and currently enjoying planning the interior spaces in our part-built extension.
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