Meet our legal director, Laura. A qualified, practising 4-year PQE solicitor, Laura is experienced in criminal law, both prosecution and defence, and in residential conveyancing.
We caught up with her to hear all about her career so far, and her advice on joining the legal industry.
What made you want to work in the legal industry?
I wanted to ensure I was in a profession that I would never become bored of. Every day and every case is different.
Can you give us a brief overview of your career history?
I have been in the legal industry for nearly nine years now. I studied law at the University of Sunderland in 2008 and then went on to work as a secretary in a criminal department, then a year later I moved on to work as a Crown Court Litigator.
Since then, I’ve worked my way up from a trainee solicitor, to a solicitor conveyancing associate, and now legal director at Grey-Smith Legal.
What do you enjoy most about your job role?
The varied caseload, constant challenges to develop and the fact no day is the same.
What does a typical working day include for you?
I prioritise my to-do list, send and receive hundreds of emails, sort urgent post, file reviews to see what needs chasing, review contracts and title documentation. On any given day I’ll speak to numerous clients such as estate agents, mortgage advisors, lenders and solicitors.
I also have my managerial duties which include training needs, attending courses, supervising staff and managing third party relationships such as referrers.
What do you enjoy most about working at Grey-Smith Legal?
The people – our team is fantastic and I would not change it for anything.
What would you say to anyone considering working in the legal industry?
It is not a decision to be taken lightly, as it’s a very challenging and high-pressured environment, but it is worth it – especially in conveyancing as you get a lot of job satisfaction.
What is your proudest moment?
Working my way up to a director from starting as a typist nine years ago.
Most important lesson you have learned in your working life?
Be firm but polite – people prefer upfront honesty and transparency.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A solicitor! Hard to imagine I know.
What has been your strangest job?
I worked in criminal defence for around five years, so you can imagine the strange cases I worked on. I can’t pinpoint one!
What do you do to relax?
Spend time with my family and my little boy.
What’s your hot drink of choice and how do you have it?
It’s not hot, but an iced coffee!
Describe yourself in three words:
Friendly, professional and down to earth.