Friday Focus on Laura Clay-Harris

Friday Focus on Laura Clay-Harris

The sixth post in our Friday Focus series is on Laura Clay-Harris, Solicitor in our Norwich office. If you missed any of our previous posts, you can find them here

 

What’s your role at FM Family Law?

I’m a solicitor, specialising in all elements of private family work. 

 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

I enjoy the variety of the work – but the best moments are when you are able to tell a client they have been successful in their application to spend more time with their children or take them on holiday (for example) – that’s when all the hard work is worth it!

 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

I recently represented a client who was defending an application for their child to be removed to another country.  We obtained an order ensuring the child remained in this country with the client and I felt proud to be part of that case. 

 

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

At some point early in my life someone told me that I could argue…and get paid for it! I took the traditional route, studying Law at university, followed by the LPC and a training contract.  The academic route suited me and my way of learning. 

 

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

The Split is an excellent guide of what not to do as a family solicitor.  From wearing a white suit and 9 inch heels (unrealistic for a day at the desk) to speaking directly to subject children!  

 

What’s the best advice you give clients?

That this is a small portion of their lives. 

 

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

Get as much legal experience as you can – even if it is attending public hearings at the court.

 

What’s the best advice you give yourself?

Only look into your neighbour’s bowl to check they have enough. 

Laura Clay-Harris

Solicitor

01603 343663
07522700062

lch@fmfamilylaw.co.uk

Friday Focus on Karen Fox

Friday Focus on Karen Fox

This is the fifth post in our Friday Focus series. If you missed any of our previous posts, you can find them here. This week we are featuring our Karen Fox:

What’s your role at FM Family Law?

Family Law Specialist/Associate

 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

Law. It may sound very dreary but I love law and procedure. When much younger,  friends and I used to compete to learn the facts of new cases, new statute law and procedural rules and then test each other over lunch breaks, not entirely unlike Mastermind I suppose.  

People. I have always enjoyed working with people and consider it a huge privilege to  be a part of their lives, helping them with problem-solving outcome focused, ideas and advice.

 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

I have many moments in my very long career, which stand out. I helped one person establish that they did not inflict injuries which led to the death of a child; pre-internet(!) telephoning teasing and cajoling people around Europe and elsewhere, until I finally found all the money which had been hidden in off-shore accounts; working with and enabling a wonderful mother to be re-united with her gorgeous children after she had suffered so much at the hands of another and, more recently for having been thanked so generously and kindly by another wonderful client who, had she not have tragically passed away, I have no doubt that we would have become firm friends.

 

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

I had no planned thought or desire to go in to law. I thought more about joining the police as a teenager. As it was, I just looked for a job on leaving college and responded to an advert from a local firm who were looking for a trainee legal executive. I did my research, contacted the regulatory body (then the Institute for Legal Executives) for better information and applied. And my story began from there.

 

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

Personally, I like an unravelling mystery . My favourite at the moment is Richard Osman and I am counting down the days to the release of his third novel.  Otherwise, I am in awe of Lady Hale – a feminist icon. Her book Spider Woman humble, human, inspiring. 

 

What’s the best advice you give clients?

Tread softly, focus on the outcome and together we will move towards it, one step at a time.

Let me signpost you to other experts so you have full support, at whatever level you need.

 

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

It will be much harder work than you can imagine. You will come in to practice with just a little legal knowledge and your wits, which you will need to keep about you.  But, as you come to perfect the service you provide, the rewards – personal, professional and financial are there to be had. 

 

What’s the best advice you give yourself?

I have no intrinsic importance. It’s what I do which matters.

Karen Fox

Karen Fox

Associate (GCILEX)

01603 622028
07921296754

karen@fmfamilylaw.co.uk

Friday Focus on Christina Hale

Friday Focus on Christina Hale

This week for Friday Focus we put the spotlight on Senior Associate, Christina Hale:

 

What’s your role at FM Family Law?

I am a Senior Associate, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer

 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

Supporting people through this ‘bit’ and setting them up for the next chapter of their lives

 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Qualifying after several years of combined study and work.

All the times when I feel I have really made a difference to my client

 

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

I came into the law after my own divorce so I guess you could say I have ‘been there, worn the t-shirt’!  I worked firstly as an office junior and then as a part-time paralegal at a law firm while I studied, eventually doing a part-time study training contract where I completed my Legal Practice Course while working as a trainee specialising in Family Law.

 

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

The motivation and dedication of Elle Woods after her penny drop moment in Legally Blonde was inspiring!

 

What’s the best advice you give clients?

Where do you want to be at the end of this?

 

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

  • It can be a stressful, consuming career.
  • Find a way to unwind.
  • Remember everyone is going through their own stuff

 

What’s the best advice you give yourself?

All of the above!

Christina Hale

Senior Associate

01223 355333
07860 923080

christina@fmfamilylaw.co.uk

Friday Focus on Kerry Read

Friday Focus on Kerry Read

This is the third post in our Friday Focus series. This week’s feature is on our Kerry Read:

 

What’s your role at FM Family Law?

I am a Solicitor at FM Family Law, managing a varied caseload on all elements of family law, including the financial consequences of divorce or separation, domestic violence and issues relating to children.

 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

I enjoy the variety of my work, which can see me in both the office and at Court.

 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

I am incredibly proud of the difficult and complex cases involving children I have advocated on, frequently acting for disadvantaged clients, and being able to make a positive impact on their lives and help them feel more empowered.

 

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

Becoming a Solicitor has been a life goal since I can remember. In the early days, this was very much with a view of the fancy suits and high heels!

These superficial reasons were quickly outweighed by my passion to help people in a meaningful way and create a career for myself that was fulfilling.

My pathway was very much the traditional route of completing a Law degree, LPC and a 2-year training contract.

 

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

Legally Blonde- and nobody would expect me to answer any differently.

 

What’s the best advice you give clients?

Almost everything is temporary. The clients I assist are often experiencing the most painful time of their lives and it is important to remind them that this will pass and the situation they are facing will almost always improve.

 

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

Be strong. Law is a difficult field and not for the faint hearted. You must be prepared to be disciplined and motivated.

 

What’s the best advice you give yourself?

Show up fully.

 

Kerry Read

Solicitor

01603 343660
07513 701700

kerry@fmfamilylaw.co.uk