Head of Advocacy
What attracted you to join LPC Law?
I initially worked with LPC Law as a self-employed Advocate. I wanted (at the time) a career at the Bar. Appearing before Judges in chambers and honing my advocacy skills appeared to be the best possible preparation for this. I was also attracted to the role of an advocate because it allowed more independence that other legal roles (such as being a paralegal) and involved travel all over the circuit, which I enjoyed.
Talk us through your career journey
One of the joys of being an advocate was that I was able to relocate to the areas of the country I wanted to be. I started in Bristol, where I went to university, before moving to the Midlands to live with friends, then to London (for no better reason than I felt I should experience London life!) and then back to Bristol.
In 2010, after having been an advocate for 3 years, I applied for the role of Assistant Advocacy Manager at LPC Law. I was responsible for managing advocates on the South Eastern Circuit together with (now Partner) Michael Javaherian. Michael and I had been friends and known each other since university, so it was fantastic working with my best pal.
I then progressed to Advocacy Manager, Assistant Head of Advocacy and, in 2019 became the Head of Advocacy.
I joined LPC Law in 2010 and began the process of cross-qualifying from the Bar becoming a Solicitor in 2013.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the challenges of the role. We are instructed on such a wide variety of cases that I am constantly learning new things and helping advocates research new areas of law.
There’s also the amazing feeling when you make a difference – when you find a new argument that wins the case or spot something in the papers which can turn a case on it’s head. As lawyers we all want to win the unwinnable case and I help advocates to try and do that all day!
What do you enjoy most about working at LPC Law?
The people I work with. LPC Law is run and operated by good people – over the years LPC Law has become my second family. I always feel that the company treats people with respect and does the right thing.
There’s also a fantastic communal sense that we are all pulling in the same direction, trying to provide a great service to our clients. It’s a little bit like being in a football or rugby team – there are good days and bad days, but you have them together.
LPC Law is also a company that looks beyond qualifications and academic performance and looks at what people are truly capable of. A number of people who perhaps didn’t come from the “right” back ground have found success with LPC Law.
What advice would you give someone interested in joining LPC Law?
If you are motivated, passionate, ready to take on responsibility and learn new things then LPC Law is for you, be it for the longer term or as a stepping stone to the next point in your career.