I'm the Partner in charge of the Birmingham Court Of Protection team. I trained as a Private Client Solicitor and am a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (‘SFE’) whilst also sitting as a STEP Birmingham branch committee member. I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2013 as an Associate manager and was appointed a Partner in 2017.
I'm currently responsible for a team of 18 while still playing an active role in client matters. I work closely with our personal injury teams and manage multi-million pound damages claims while also acting as an expert witness to ensure that awards are structured to include costs recovery for future deputyship or trust costs.
I'm also our national PI Trusts Partner providing substantial technical advice and drafting for the Personal Injury Trusts service line. In addition, I'm part of our internal investment committee and have a key role in managing the risk and compliance surrounding the investment of clients’ funds.
What inspired you to get in to law?
I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to be before I went to University so I settled on a law degree as I thought it would provide me with options at the end of the 3 years. I grew to love the law over that time and knew that I would find a way to become the type of Solicitor who was able to help people at a time when they most needed it which is why I started my career in the Private Client world.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I'm incredibly privileged to work with families and individuals and develop life long relationships with them. Becoming part of their team and working with them to try and make their lives that little bit easier is hugely rewarding.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
Working at Irwin Mitchell has enabled me to become part of a legal family; supporting clients through all aspects of their lives.
What do you do away from the office?
I love to spend my free time, limited as it is with family, enjoying a good book or cooking up a storm and entertaining guests.