Excluding the compulsory paper round, which everyone did in my era- I worked in a warehouse for the Co-op but my first job as a solicitor was in shipping law in Newcastle. I then worked at DWF in the construction and engineering division of their real estate practice, after spending five years building Preston and Manchester based Ricksons, which merged with DWF in 2007. I joined Taylors in 2011 and I have over 20 years’ experience in construction work acting mainly for contractors. I currently have interests in sustainable building, infrastructure and waste reduction in construction and work with UCLAN, North West Construction Knowledge hub and Greenspec on projects involving such matters.
What’s keeping you busy at work at the moment?
All kinds of different matters, including an injunction to prevent the taking of confidential information; a judicial review of a minister’s decision and a challenge of the award of a public contract. I am putting people together in terms of development and the Green sector and I am busy with UCLan Business School looking at innovative ways to help graduates and develop courses.
Favourite music of the moment:
Like most parents with a teenager I resist the music of the moment and ignore Tinie Tempah, The Wanted and Justin Bieber (but I like the Black Eyed Peas) and turn to Lindisfarne, the Police, and Brian Ferry - at least until the kids turn it off.
Your must watch TV:
Can’t say I have that luxury, with a 10 and 14-year-old to compete with. The History of Celtic Britain is very watchable, but it may be a while before they get to the Border Reivers and my ancestors - which would be ‘must watch’.
Ideal way to wind down after work:
At the moment with the light nights I am enjoying an early evening walk with my 10-year-old son, a quiet chat and a ball game. And, if I happen to find a hostel en route, a pint of real ale.
Best piece of business advice:
The best bit of advice I was given was to aim to be a business owner, a partner with influence so I could drive things forward. I was a partner at 31 and set up my own business at 33.