I worked as an Independent Accredited Costs Lawyer for nearly 30 years before joining Irwin Mitchell in 2016. During my time as an Independent, I dealt with all areas of costs law, in all stages of proceedings, for both the Paying and Receiving Parties under a variety of funding arrangements including all areas of Legal Aid and Pro Bono. Currently, I lead the Legal Aid Team (part of the Costs Management Team) at Irwin Mitchell and specialise in Legal Aid related costs issues.
What inspired you to get into law?
I have always had a strong sense of fairness and responsibility for the more vulnerable members of my community. The Equal Opportunities Act and enquiry into the prescription of Thalidomide to pregnant women were front and centre at the time I was making my career choices.
What's the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience of costs law with others. Also working to ensure that the recovery of costs is reasonable, proportionate and in my view, fair.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
It was a culture shock for me when I initially joined Irwin Mitchell as I had spent many years working completely alone. The Costs Management Team has members who specialise in specific areas of costs law, consequently there is always someone willing and able to support and assist with any issue.
What do you do away from the office?
My family and I are in the process of restoring three former agricultural barns on the edge of the Peak District into residential homes for ourselves and our pets. I am a keen equestrian and rambler so spend most of my free time in boots of one sort or another. I have been volunteering for my favourite charity for over 25 years.