Friday Focus on Carla Morphett

Friday Focus on Carla Morphett

This is the second post in our Friday Focus series. This week’s feature is on our Carla Morphett:

 

What’s your role at FM Family Law?

Solicitor and Professional Support Lawyer.

My role combines supporting clients in all areas relating to family law as well as supporting the rest of my team and the firm with maintaining and updating our internal processes and precedents, legal research, business development and marketing, and managing our website and social media.

 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

I enjoy the variety and flexibility – each day is completely different and keeps me on my toes!

 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

There are so many examples when I have been proud to have helped clients make a positive difference in their lives that it’s impossible to pick just one! I can however pinpoint a defining moment in my legal career which is when I joined FM Family Law in 2021. This has provided me with a unique opportunity to work in a bespoke dual-role and develop new connections in Cambridge.

 

When did you realise you wanted to go into law and what pathway did you take?

I enjoyed a wide range of subjects in school which made it difficult to select an area to pursue. My GCSEs were very much design-based but when it came to selecting my A-Levels and deciding what to study at University this is when I was introduced to the possibility of having a career in Law. After a couple of work experience placements, I knew that is where I wanted to be. I took the traditional route into Law by completing a Law degree, LPC and then a two-year training contract.

 

What legal-themed book/film/TV-series would you recommend to others?

The TV-series Silk. It’s a blend of cheesy and gritty – perfect for binge-watching. It was released whilst I was at University so naturally I was hooked at the time.

 

What’s the best advice you give clients?

Look after yourself. I mainly assist clients experiencing separation, which can be a long journey with difficult periods, and important decisions need to be made during that process which will most likely shape their future so it’s vital that they are in the best headspace possible for making those decisions.

 

What’s the best advice you can give to anyone considering a career as a solicitor

Reach out to people working in the legal sector and get as much experience/exposure as you can. This will help you get a genuine feel for it whilst also starting to build up connections.

 

What’s the best advice you give yourself?

Assume nothing; question everything.

 

Carla Morphett

Solicitor and Professional Support Lawyer

01603 343668
07926 130307

carla@fmfamilylaw.co.uk

Friday Focus on Fiona McLeman

Friday Focus on Fiona McLeman

First up in our Friday Focus series is Founding Partner, Fiona McLeman:

 

What’s your role at FM Family Law?

I am the founding member of FM Family Law and the managing director. Day to day this means looking after all members of the team, as well as ensuring the smooth functioning of the business, and of course looking after my own clients.

 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

Tough question! How long have you got? Ok, see above!

 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Am I allowed 2? If so – 1) setting up the firm on my own during maternity leave in 2011, and 2) the growth of the  team over the last decade especially the last 18 months. I could not be more proud of every one of my team.

 

When did you realise you wanted to go into law and what pathway did you take?

I never ‘realised’ I wanted to go into law. From an early age, my father told me that I should study law. Looking back this must have helped my then career apathy / ambivalence since after 9 years of boarding school and slightly underwhelming A levels it took a little while to find my career direction. I studied LLB Hons Law Degree at UEA where I was awarded a 2:1 and a first class commendation in one of my papers as well as a top student award and then the Law Society Final Exams at Guildford College of Law (now known as the LPC  but definitely much harder than the LPC !).

 

What legal-themed book/film/TV-series would you recommend to others?

I tend not to watch legal themed content so can I recommend “Ted Lasso” as the best thing on TV? However, on the legal themed side I would really like to see Jodie Comer’s one woman play “Prima Facie”.

 

What’s the best advice you give clients?

Listen to your lawyer, read what they send you and follow their advice. Also, try to be as kind as you possibly can to your ex.

 

What’s the best advice you can give to anyone considering a career as a solicitor?

Don’t study law. Do something else that really interests you and then do the conversion course.  Find a niche you are passionate about. See also points 1 and 2 below.

 

What’s the best advice you give yourself?

Am I allowed 2?  1) Festina Lente 2) if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well (thanks Dad).

Fiona McLeman

Partner

01223 229933
07894 095775
fiona@fmfamilylaw.co.uk