My Professional Background
I am a former Managing Partner of Attwaters Jameson Hill, a role that I enjoyed. During my time as Managing Partner, I was very proud that we were accredited Silver status with Investors in People. At the time we were one of only a handful of law firms to achieve that status. I think the accreditation sums up the ethos of our firm; our staff are very important to us and we want them to get the most out of their time here.
When I joined Attwaters Jameson Hill, I became a specialist in Personal Injury law. In addition, I also became involved in Education law. My nephew is on the autistic spectrum and has various other special needs. It took a long time to get a proper assessment of his needs and even longer for accurate provision. When I started to help my sister through this process, I was astounded at how difficult it was; it is a legal minefield imposed on parents and carers, who are already stretched to the limit emotionally and physically. It is through my involvement with my nephew’s case that I have developed a specialism in Education law. It also influenced my decision to volunteer as a Governor at a local secondary school.
I moved back to Hertfordshire when I finished Law school. I qualified in 1991 and after working for two different firms, joined Attwaters in 1995, where I have been ever since. I became a Partner in 1997 and am very proud of the fact that I am the first woman Partner in the firm’s long history.
I was born in Stevenage. My parents were both Irish and I am the fourth of five children. I have a very strong affinity with Ireland; before I started school I lived with my Granny on the family farm for about 18 months and returned to Ireland to spend the summer holidays there. I was schooled in Hertfordshire in local Catholic schools, I was one of the first years to experience the ‘Comprehensive’ education system. I am married; we have two sons and three grandchildren.
I hadn’t finished my education before my children were born and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. When my youngest started school, I signed up for a foundation course in Surveying. Whilst I enjoyed the science element of the course, my favourite subjects were Law and Planning. It was this course that led me to do a Law degree and qualify as a Solicitor.
My favourite meal is a roast dinner and I like to drink champagne. My interests include agility training with my border collie, Bob. I spend a lot of my spare time with him attending dog school. We are training in Working Dog Trials and Agility; he could be very good and would probably do a lot better if it wasn’t for me!