I took a rather circuitous route to law via a History degree and a short but entertaining stint in recruitment. After landing a paralegal role in 2005 at Ford & Warren Solicitors, I studied part-time at BPP and finally qualified in 2011.
The next five to ten years were spent developing my practice as a litigation specialist, initially acting for insurance companies defending “crash for cash” scams and other fraudulent claims. I went on to specialise in personal injury, acting for both claimants and defendants.
When I joined Legal Studio in 2018, I started working on broader commercial litigation matters as well as maintaining a small personal injury workload. Quickly I became interested in the reasons behind the dispute arising, and how my clients could avoid future problems by improving their commercial foundation. Since then, my practice has evolved into a less contentious, more support-based role, promoting a “prevention is cheaper than the cure” message to all who will listen!
I now work with business of all sizes, from owner/manager SMEs to Fortune 500 companies, charities and community interest companies, helping them with their terms and conditions, supply agreements, client/customer contracts, website terms, privacy policies and any other documents or policies which affect the operation of their business.
Away from the office, I’m a long-suffering Stoke City fan and cricket enthusiast. I travel abroad regularly, usually incorporating a sporting or music event into the trip (if I can persuade my wife!)
To me, Legal Studio provides the perfect vehicle through which a lawyer can take proper control of their career, their workload (and work type) and their working hours. The freedom and flexibility its structure provides means I now focus less on hitting arbitrary targets or management tasks, and more on my clients and my work/life balance. I could not recommend the consultant model more highly to any lawyer worried about being pigeon-holed into a particular specialism, suffering burn-out or never seeing their families; it removes all of the background noise and enables you to Enjoy Work again.