Sarah joined Grey-Smith Legal in February this year as a trainee solicitor having previously been a teacher for 16 years. Her role includes managing sale files, liaising with clients, solicitors and estate agents, manning the phones and carrying out administrative tasks for other staff.

What made you want to work in the legal industry?

I wanted to be a solicitor or teacher when I was a child. I chose the latter and became a teacher but after 16 years in the profession I needed a change, and Jo (Grey, legal director at Grey-Smith Legal) gave me the opportunity to pursue my other dream. 

 Can you give us a brief overview of your career history?

Whilst studying for my history degree, I worked part-time at Abbey National as a mortgage advisor.  After completion of my degree, I took time out from studying and worked full time for Abbey National for six years. 

At the age of 26, I did my PGSE in primary education and became a primary school teacher. I taught in the same school until changing careers to Grey-Smith Legal this year. 

What do you enjoy most about working at Grey-Smith Legal?

Working with my colleagues and building a rapport with clients.

What would you say to anyone considering working in the legal industry?

If you’re a people person and enjoy research, go for it. 

What is your proudest moment?

Having my sons.

Most important lesson you have learned in your working life:

If you need a career change, be brave and go for it.  

What has been your strangest job? 

When I was 14 years old I was an Avon girl. 

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy walking my dogs, reading, having a glass of wine and going on holiday. Not all at once though! 

What’s your hot drink of choice and how do you have it?

Coffee with milk and no sugar.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Friendly, loyal and an animal lover.

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