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 Justin Osborne, a devoted Buckland Athletic FC fan, who specialises in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.
So Justin, what made you decide to go into law?
The obvious answer would be my Dad, who is a solicitor at Windeatts in Totnes. When I was at school I wanted to follow in my Uncle’s footsteps – he was a research scientist in America. I’m still not quite sure what happened to that idea…
What’s special about the way WBW works?
This is a difficult one as I joined WBW straight from law school and have never worked anywhere else, so I don’t have anything to compare WBW to. I think we’re a friendly bunch though, and it can only help if you like the people that you work with.
What do you enjoy about your area of law?
The variety – no two litigation enquiries are ever the same. I did two weeks of conveyancing when I was a trainee (sitting across a desk from Debbie Hamzij) and that was enough for me!
What’s the best bit of advice you have ever received?
My Mum always told me to ‘treat other people how you would like to be treated yourself’. My Dad’s words of wisdom were ‘get your retaliation in first’. Both sound bits of advice, although perhaps in different ways.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your profession?
The ‘fat cat lawyers’ one (slang description for others believing that lawyers earn unreasonably high salaries). But I suppose “legal aid lawyers have not had an increase in the rate of legal aid pay for 15 years” wouldn’t sell as many newspapers!
What advice would you give someone considering entering into the legal profession?
That it is harder work than you probably think. And that being able to communicate with all sorts of different people is just as important (if not more) than the ‘legal’ side of the job.
Thanks, Justin, one more question taking England out of the equation, who do you think has a good chance of winning the World Cup?
Brazil, although I have money on Uraguay as dark horses at 25-1!
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