Joined nplaw in December 2013
Lawyer – Public Law Team
Tell us about your career journey
After university, I spent some time travelling and working in different parts of the world. I started my legal career in private practice with a focus on corporate law and commercial litigation and made the move to local government in 2002. I joined Birmingham City Council’s child protection team, moving to the contracts, projects and procurement team in Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council before joining nplaw in 2013.
Please outline your area of expertise. What might you do in a typical day?
Every day is different! I provide advice to local government departments on commercial contracts, the application of local government law, governance matters, the public procurement regime and collaborative working. I also advise schools on a range of education related matters.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the variety and the opportunity to influence problem solving and decision making within the public sector.
What is the biggest opportunity you have been given since joining nplaw?
I have been involved: in key client projects; with the development of nplaw as a business; and have regular involvement with our placement programme.
What is your proudest achievement at work?
These past few years have been times of unprecedented change within the public sector. I am proud of influencing and affecting change within the public sector through partnership working with health and voluntary sectors, development projects and advances in technology. I have a personal interest in buildings and museums and I am therefore particularly proud of my involvement in partnerships with the voluntary sectors to preserve buildings and in projects to preserve heritage and culture.
Why did you choose to work at nplaw?
I started in nplaw as a locum in 2013 after a 5 year career break, so I had a brief insight into what nplaw was like before applying for a permanent position. I love the collegiate environment. I work with a talented team of lawyers who are passionate about improving public services.
What is the work/life balance and the wider culture like?
The training and quality of work I get here at nplaw is excellent. I also work part-time and sometimes work from home. Work life balance is a huge benefit and Norfolk is a great place for families.
What do you do out of work and what is your proudest achievement out of work?
I am passionate about raising standards in education and providing children, particularly those from rural schools with wider enrichment opportunities. I have for the last 10 years worked with various groups of like-minded, people, passionate about improving opportunities for the next generation.
What do you enjoy most about living in Norfolk?
I have lived and worked in many places in the UK and Asia. In terms of lifestyle, few places can compete with Norfolk. Norwich is a lovely city with character, a fantastic art scene, quirky restaurants and independent shops. I live near the Broads which is a stunning rural location with a lovely community feel; but I am only 20 minutes away from Norwich and also 20 minutes from the coast.