Madeline interviewed by legal journal

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Our departmental head Madeline Seibert was recently interviewed for a feature in Lawyer Monthly, a leading professional journal. The journal was keen to gain an insight into Madeline’s success as an acclaimed medical negligence Solicitor with a regional firm competing on equal terms with big city practices. This article draws from the responses that Madeline gave.

 

Becoming a lawyer and obtaining justice is all I ever wanted to do. As a child, true crime stories and detective novels fascinated me. While at secondary school, I had excellent work experience with the Clerks of the Court at Barking Magistrates’ Court and with the legal team for Customs & Excise during a trial at Southwark Crown Court. This inspired me to study law at University, where I excelled in subjects such as Evidence and Law and Medical Ethics, hence my route into working within the field of Medical Negligence.

Being a mum-of-two has been life changing and has naturally steered me into obstetric and midwifery cases. Bringing a child into the world is a time for joy and when the process goes wrong it is absolutely devastating. I have a natural empathy for this area of work. At times when I prepare witness statements or read medical reports I am in floods of tears but I would not have it any other way – I love what I do and am humbled that I can play a small part in helping people rebuild their lives after tragic events.

The secret of my success is quite simple – it’s the fantastic team that I work with both currently and in the past. My predecessor David Kerry was an inspiring leader at the very top of his field. He is admired and respected by his peers and everyone who works with him. Now that I have become what I always wanted to be, the only way I can sustain it as a busy working mum is through the unwavering support of my wonderful team of Solicitors, nurse adviser, paralegal and legal secretaries.

I love working in a regional practice because I am able to work closely with my Partners who practise in other areas of the law. This promotes co-ordination within the firm, and personal recommendation. Medical negligence is such an emotive area of the law. My Partners know me well and promote the work that I do amongst their contacts and clients. Together we therefore give our clients a unique wraparound legal service because we cover so many different specialist areas of the law.

I find it incredibly rewarding to coach and mentor my junior Solicitors and see them progress and gain confidence. Also, I learn so much from them about social media and technology. I love working with different types of people – colleagues, clients and contacts. I am a natural communicator and I like to see those skills help other people with their careers and cases. How Solicitors work today is so different from when I first qualified, mainly due to the increasing levels of technology and client expectations.”

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