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.
What is your role at WBW and what area of law do you specialise in?
Head of Property, Exeter office partner and I particularly enjoy difficult and unregistered titles.
What did you want to be when you were young?
Either a solicitor, a flat race jockey or a forensic scientist. I got too tall to flat race and I was rubbish at chemistry so, solicitor it was.
What was your first full time job?
Apart from helping on the family farm? If that doesn’t count, then starting my training contract at Silverthorne Colthorpe.
What made you decide to practice (family/property/disputes/private client etc.) law?
When I started my training contract, I was absolutely convinced that I would be fab at litigation. I then did it for a while and discovered that I may have over-estimated my prowess as I was hopeless as a litigator. As a result, I found a much more natural home in property and non-contentious work.
What do you like the most about the town you work in?
Exeter is a beautiful city, what is not to love?
What has been the best moment in your career?
I don’t really have a career `best moment’ but I take real pleasure in clients being happy and satisfied with the work that we do, both when I am involved and also across the team so there are lots of highlights all the time but not really one in `shining lights’.
What are your top tips for client’s?
It has changed over time I think – when I first started work, it felt more about being alongside clients but that might have been because I was first `starting out’ and finding my way and voice too. Now, I would say it is really very much more about communication – the need to be clear and concise and learning how to manage client expectations.
What has been the most challenging part of your career?
Without doubt, the pandemic.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Tricky – I love cold countries but my family love warm ones… maybe Norway in the summer?
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I would live in Canada, probably Canmore, at the drop of a hat, but sadly, I would have to requalify so no can do. Oh, and the family would need to agree I suppose…
Who has been an inspiration for you?
My dad – cheesy I know – but he was always fair, straight-forward and kind and a fantastic horseman.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Samuel Pepys … why would you bury cheese? For someone alive, I think Michael Palin because he has led such an interesting life and I am sure there are some tales to be told.
An interesting fact about me is…
I got to fly in the last flying Lancaster bomber – long story involving long `happy hours’ in RAF mess bars but – just FYI – it is very, very small and very, very noisy but it was an amazing experience.