I have been with the firm since 1993 having joined as a legal clerk dealing with road traffic claims after spending four years with Norwich Union. I worked in the Sheffield office until 1998 dealing with road traffic accident litigation and personal injury cases, continuing this role in our London office until 2001.
I was made an associate of the firm and returned to Sheffield to manage a team with the insurance division of the practice with responsibility for handling our RBS clients. I was made an associate director in 2005. I helped to build and set up our operation in Sri Lanka in 2006 where I spent a year before returning to Sheffield where I am currently one of the practice areas' motor managers with account management responsibilities for our client, Aviva.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
Funnily enough I always wanted to be a journalist! However, I made a decision at 18 years old that I would work rather than go to university and so set off a chain of events that moved me away from the journey to Fleet Street and into law. I guess after 16 years at IM you could say I found my niche!
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I find the law intriguing and enjoy advising clients on the merits of their cases and delivering the right result for a client is probably the most satisfying element of the job and always has been. I am driven by the challenges that we face in the modern legal world and how we can provide continual quality service to clients whilst embracing change to ensure that our business moves with modernisation and technology to deliver such service and enable the business to be a success in the long term. I enjoy the day to day involvement in looking at strategy around such developments followed by implementation of change where necessary.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell has evolved since I joined the firm in 1993. The firm has grown both nationally and internationally over the years beyond all recognition from my early days. From a personal point of view I have been allowed to develop my career from a paralegal to the level of associate director which as a non-qualified member of staff means a great deal. IM has always been about people for me and no matter how big the firm has grown, it's the people in the firm that make it what it is.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I try and lead a work life balance lifestyle and I like to travel as much as I can. I am a keen runner and appear in half marathon and 10k races through the year and fitness helps me maintain a healthy balance in life. I follow Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal Football Clubs where I regularly attend matches and I maintain an active interest in social studies and politics, which I intend to study over the next few years. I sit on the council of local charities including a local community project and the reform of addicted offenders in prisons in Yorkshire.