I began work at Irwin Mitchell in 1998 on work experience and little did I know this would lead to a long and fulfilling career. I initially worked for a short period in the industrial disease team. I then moved to work in the employers liability team where I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and then became an associate solicitor. I get to help people injured in accidents at work from people with minor injuries to more severe injuries. I also work with people who have suffered psychological injuries.
I am the editor of The Sheffield Law Society Bulletin
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
On leaving school I thought I wanted to join either the RAF or South Yorkshire Police so enrolled on a Public Service Course. Whilst at college I also studied Law which I found challenging. I then decided to do a degree in Law and Criminology as I was not certain which area I wanted to enter for a career. I found that the Law subjects were the part of the degree that I enjoyed and I decided to follow a career in Law. This was not always an easy choice as securing employment is often done a few years in advance but on starting at Irwin Mitchell I realised I had made the right choice and still enjoy the role today.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I would say the most rewarding bit of my job is that I get to deal with people who need my help following sometimes involvement in very serious accidents. People often find it difficult to approach solicitors but we make sure clients are put at ease, know exactly what they can expect to happen and know that they can pick up the phone and speak to me if they have any questions even if only to put their mind at rest. I get to deal with clients every day which makes the job very rewarding.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell as I get to specialise in an area of law I find interesting. There is regular training so I am able to keep up to date in order that I can advise clients clearly. The client care policies at Irwin Mitchell mean that I am confident that when my clients are dealt with they will be happy with the service they receive as a whole.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Outside of my working hours I enjoy walking, cycling, attending the gym and the cinema. My main hobby is running as I am currently training to run two marathons for charity. I seem to find myself pounding the streets, woods and fields and thoroughly enjoy it, the muddier the better!