What is your role at Davis Blank Furniss?
I’m the senior partner at the Glossop office.
How long have you been at the firm?
I’m proud to say that I am one of the firm’s longest standing employees as I’ve been here for over 30 years – I joined as a trainee in 1979. The business has, of course, evolved hugely in that time so it’s been a great honour to be part of it.
What are your specialist areas?
I act in a several key areas of Law; mostly notably residential property, property & developments as well as wills, trusts, probate and care of the elderly.
Why did you choose a career in law?
My father worked in industry all his life and although he enjoyed his work, he always felt vulnerable to changes in the company over which he had no control. He was therefore eager to ensure that my brother and I went into the professions. My brother became an accountant as he liked figures and I became a solicitor as I enjoyed reading research and meeting people!
How do you see the legal sector changing over the next few years?
Lots of different providers of legal services are now starting to appear in the market place so we will have to see how well they fit into the existing system. The evolution in technology has also changed – and will continue to change – the way a solicitors’ office operates. Many clients now choose to communicate via email and that can mean less personal contact but as a firm, we are all still committed to providing a truly personal service. Instructing a lawyer shouldn’t just be a simple business transaction as we deal with people’s lives.
What are your personal goals for your department?
Simple – to continue to provide a personal service to the people of Glossop.
Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?
I try to travel with the family as much as possible. We love exploring every single inch of Italy and enjoying La Dolce Vita.
Do you have a motto that guides your professional and personal lives?
You don’t have to have the last word to win an argument and never let small issues become big problems!