Legal director Jo Grey joined the Grey-Smith Legal team in June 2020; two years down the line she discusses what she enjoys about working at the firm, and offers advice for anyone interested in a career within the industry.
Can you give us a brief overview of your career history?
I was a shop assistant from the ages of 14 to 16. When I turned 18, I became a business support administrator at Abbey National, dealing with savings and mortgage account administration. I worked there until I was 23, before joining Cleveland Police as a policy community support officer.
Four years later I became a law student and did work experience in a law firm looking into citizen’s advice, the probation service and Teesside Magistrates Court.
At the age of 33 I became a legal clerk at Evans & Co Solicitors for two years, and then joined Cygnet Law as an associate solicitor.
Now here I am at Grey-Smith Legal as the legal director.
What made you want to work in the legal industry?
The Jury Service.
What does a typical working day include for you?
I deal with staff queries, respond to telephone/email enquiries, move money for completions along with billing, account work and arranging appointments alongside walk-in clients.
What do you enjoy most about your job role?
The appreciation from clients and working with my wonderful team.
What would you say to anyone considering working in the legal industry?
Be prepared to give 200 per cent and be thick skinned.
What is your proudest moment?
Grey-Smith Legal receiving Solicitors Regulation Authority approval.
Most important lesson you have learned in your working life:
Hard work pays off!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you do to relax?
I read a lot.
What’s your hot drink of choice and how do you have it?
Coffee – strong with milk.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Calm, patient and dedicated.