Time & Leisure, Thursday 29 July 2010
How did you get into your business?
I always wanted to be a lawyer. I started training as a solicitor in 1998, initially practising criminal law but then moved into matrimonial law. I started working at TWM in May 2002 continuing the rewarding work in matrimonial law which is my sole area of practice. To further my skills I became a mediator in 2005 and collaborative lawyer in 2008.
What is special about your company?
Undoubtedly what makes TWM special is the people. I work alongside able and talented family lawyers and collectively our service rivals that of London law firms. Our approach is ‘down to earth,’ both in our dealings with clients and our expectations of each other as a team. Our services have been recognised by the Legal 500, the ‘Michelin guide’ of lawyers, as the most highly ranked matrimonial law firm in Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
How do you manage your work - life balance?
It’s not easy! As I am a full time working mum I have to be very strict with my time and make sure that my son has my full attention when I am at home. I also take some time for myself whether it is a visit to the gym at lunch time to destress or the occasional shopping spree. I think it is important to have some guilt free time to myself every now and then.
What have been the high and low points?
Becoming a mum in 2009 is my greatest achievement. It is hard leaving my son at home every day but becoming a partner at TWM in 2008 and the job satisfaction that comes with helping clients achieve the best possible scenario with their matrimonial issues is very rewarding.
What tips would you pass on to others thinking of starting up on their own?
Keep home and work separate and take time out for yourself without feeling guilty. Go with your intuition as a parent. It’s usually the most reliable source of guidance.
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