Why did you choose the law?
I left school at the age of 16 and applied for my first job as Office Junior at a local law firm. The law was not something I consciously wanted to go into but after a few months working within the firm, I found that law was of great interest me and I have been working in the legal profession ever since.
Tell us a bit about how you got here…
I originally began my career as a PA to a Criminal lawyer for 10 years before moving to Band Hatton Button in 2004 to work as a PA in our Family team. In 2014, I moved from the Family team to the Wills Trusts and Probate team to be PA to the Head of Department. In June 2018 I was promoted to Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney Paralegal.
What does your day job look like?
My role as a Paralegal is to support the lawyers in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team by drafting Wills (from straight forward to complex Wills incorporating different types of Trusts) and Lasting Powers of Attorney documentation for their approval. I regularly sit in on meetings with clients and am the first point of contact for many new and existing clients when they get in touch.
My greatest strengths lie in my caring, patient and compassionate approach with clients.
I love working with people and get great satisfaction from helping clients achieve their wishes during what can often be difficult times.
I am a Dementia Friend along with the rest of the Wills, Trusts and Probate Team. The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends training programme enables people to understand the condition and it changes the perception people have on dementia. The initiative makes a difference to someone with dementia as it provides others with an insight as to how it might affect them.
What Do You Like to Do Outside of Work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading and running.