Here at WBW, we value every one of our team members. Each member of staff has their own stories, motivations and reasons why they enjoy working for WBW.

Today we talk to Paula Land, Legal Executive in the Property department at our Honiton office.

WBW Solicitors LLP has been in Honiton since October 2017 when the firm merged with Ford Simey LLP.  Following the merger the combined firm was based at 118 Honiton High Street, almost directly across the road from the current offices at The Manor House.  When WBW LLP merged with Beviss & Beckingsale in September 2021, staff at 118 High Street relocated to The Manor House, where they welcomed the much superior facilities – most notably the indoor toilets!

What is your role at WBW and what area of law do you specialise in?

Chartered Legal Executive specialising in residential conveyancing.

What did you want to be when you were young?

An archaeologist or an air hostess.

What was your first full time job?

Junior shorthand-typist (yes, I started that long ago) with another local law firm.

What made you decide to practice property law?

I worked for a residential conveyancing partner who decided I could do the job as well as him, and who encouraged me to take a day release course at Exeter College to work towards a formal qualification.

What do you like the most about the town you work in?

It’s very friendly and people look out for each other.  Having been born here, the downside is it takes me a very long time to walk up the High Street as I seem to know everyone (or they know me), and they all want to stop to chat.

What has been the best moment in your career?

Probably something not connected to Conveyancing.  Over the years I have become very involved with a number of local Charities, either as Steward to the Trustees, or in an advisory capacity, and I was honoured to be amongst those selected to attend a presentation at Devon County Hall by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon when Honiton Dementia Action Alliance received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

What are your top tips for client’s?

Make sure you read everything we send you thoroughly, send us what we ask for as soon as possible, and don’t rely on information from Estate Agents.

What has been the most challenging part of your career?

Undoubtedly now.  The way we work was changing even before Covid, but that has massively accelerated the process, and there will be no going back to the “old ways”.    Unfortunately, I remain a bit of a dinosaur, and can often be heard crying for help when I can’t work out how to do something on the computer. 

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your profession?

So many clients seem to massively underestimate how many matters a conveyancer is trying to juggle at any one time.  They often think it’s just a handful …. if only.

What’s your favourite holiday destination? Or If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Any of the Greek islands for a holiday.  If I could live anywhere, it would be somewhere with a panoramic view of the sea.

Who is your hero?

My late mum and dad were and are my heroes, and my inspiration. 

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Zahi Hawass the Egyptologist and former Minister of Antiquities.  Or the historian Bettany Hughes if he’s busy.

An interesting fact about me is…

I can wriggle my nose like a rabbit.

Should you have a Property matter that you wish to discuss with Paula, please contact her by telephone on 01404 548069 or email paulaland@wbw.co.uk.

WBW has offices in TorquayPaigntonNewton AbbotExeterBovey Tracey,  Exmouth,  Honiton,  Sidmouth,  Launceston,  AxminsterChard and Seaton.