What attracted, and keeps you in this area of law?
Other than a short-lived pipe dream of being a racing jockey, I can’t remember wanting to do any other job. I am a natural organiser (read: bossy) and love to solve problems.
I qualified with Mayo Wynne Baxter in 2005 having trained with the firm and have spent time in several different departments but after having my son, returned to private client work. My lovely colleagues and clients make every day enjoyable.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
Deputyship work is so varied that every day is different, and I love the variety that my jobs brings. It is a joy to be involved in my client’s lives on an ongoing basis and to build long lasting relationships with them.
Throughout my late teens and University years I worked in local care homes and hospitals and have always had a keen interest in helping vulnerable people. If I hadn’t qualified as a solicitor, I think I would have gone down the social work route. My day-to-day work often have a social work element to it and my years spent in care work really assist me to have an all-round understanding of my client’s needs.
What are your strengths and skills?
Multi-tasking is my superpower. My ability to juggle different issues and remain calm is tested frequently.
Tell me about a memorable time when you have helped a client.
I’d like to think that my clients find me helpful in every contact that we have. I find particular satisfaction in securing the best possible care to meet their needs and often go beyond the call of duty to ensure that this happens.
What would your colleagues say about you?
Having been working remotely for nearly a year now, I really hope that they would say they missed seeing me!
Outside of work
I wish there were more hours in the day to indulge in the things that I love; walking (particularly now I have a four paw’ed friend), taking part in a Book Club which has members from all over the world (and thankfully I don’t have to find a suitable Zoom meeting time for all of the time zones) but most of all, I have a real interest in fitness and wellbeing. I wish someone had told me 20 years ago what fun, and how empowering, lifting a heavy barbell was!
I’m writing this to say a heartfelt thank you.
Over 2 years ago my Auntie Doreen died (30/03/17). She had a lot of complex savings and although I had kept her books as up to date as I could, it all got a bit much for me. So we bought it all to you to sort out and put through Probate!
Last year, as you know, our parents died within a month of each other. Once again we came to you to sort everything out for us. I am so glad that we did. You have been so professional and so kind. There are so many professionals we come in contact with in life and I do appreciate your professionalism, but the kindness is far more important. Empathy can’t be faked and is so important when people are grieving.
Thank you and thanks to Kendall who has also been helpful and understanding. We could not have managed without either of you.
I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who needs a solicitor and I will be back in a few months to sort out a Power of Attorney.
With best regards
CP - July 2019