Joined nplaw in January 2018
Solicitor – Property Team
Tell us about your career journey
I studied Politics and History at Liverpool university, then moved to East Anglia to study law at the UEA and have been here ever since. I completed the GDL with the UEA and my LPC with the College of Law.
I trained in a legal 500 recommended, very traditional, high-street firm before working in larger regional practices. I moved into the Public Sector after the birth of my second daughter as nplaw offered the opportunity to work more flexibly whilst developing my skills in a new way.
Please outline your area of expertise. What might you do in a typical day?
My original speciality was Agriculture and Estates – I have worked on the management of large settled estates, farms and more general rural law including work on Trusts, Wills and succession.
My focus with nplaw has included working with the County Farms team on the management of the Norfolk County Farms and with our stakeholders on a number of development and redevelopment projects. I have also been learning the public-sector specific side of transactions I have only seen from the private sector perspective.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Working for the public good and advising on fascinating legal transactions and situations.
What is the biggest opportunity you have been given since joining nplaw?
Working on projects with regional and national impact and having the chance to apply my skills to a wide variety of new situations and cases.
What is your proudest achievement at work?
Founding a charity to protect a nationally significant collection which would otherwise have been broken up.
Why did you choose to work at nplaw?
I think the working culture is the best I have ever experienced as a lawyer. There is a genuine appreciation of quality advice and doing the right thing for our clients combined with a respect for people and equality.
What is the work/life balance and the wider culture like?
The work life balance is exemplified by a sincere commitment to flexitime. Whilst there is a clear expectation of time recording and a commercial approach to the working day, there is also the realisation that a happy and well-informed workforce are best able to serve our clients.
What do you do out of work and what is your proudest achievement out of work?
My two daughters take up the vast majority of my time outside of work and, although my wonderful wife is mostly responsible for how lovely they are, they are unquestionably my proudest achievement.
I also take photographs reasonably well and play football astonishingly badly.
What do you enjoy most about living in Norfolk?
The amazing countryside, astonishing castles and churches and sharing them with the brilliant people I have met over my years here.