What do you do for your clients at Ignition Law?
I am currently Ignition’s sole professional support lawyer (PSL) with a primary focus on managing Ignition’s internal knowledge. This involves updating our house know-how, precedents and standard forms as well as updating the team on new practice and procedures.
What gets me out of bed in the morning
Usually my son asking me to watch Peppa Pig. Which is no bad thing as Mrs Rabbit is a legend and every morning she teaches me something new. She works really hard and somehow runs multiple businesses in multiple industries without any help and still finds time to look after her young family.
An entrepreneur I admire
James Lambert OBE, the founder of R&R Ice Cream. I love his story about turning a struggling bull semen business into a multi-million pound global ice cream manufacturer. He taught me that the key to success was to keep things simple and to never stop laughing.
I would also have to mention my dad. He turned around his early aspirations of being a petrol pump attendant, to obtaining a PhD in speech recognition and founding his own software distribution business.
What would you put on your Ignition Law playlist or bookshelf?
David & Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell. This book was recommended to me by an old work colleague when I was going through a difficult time. Each chapter deals with a different situation where the underdog overcomes adversity against the odds.
Desert Island Discs. Notwithstanding the fact that I was convinced I was officially ‘old’ when I started listening to Radio 4, Desert Island Discs is still my go-to podcast. I love the variety of guests as well as the rationale behind the music choices. I would also pick the opening theme music (By The Sleepy Lagoon by Eric Coates) as one of my own discs.
A social cause I care about is
Access to justice. Despite training as a corporate lawyer I have always been interested in providing legal advice to ‘real people’ and feel that the cuts in Legal Aid, increased court fees and the general complexity of the law put off ordinary people from being able to access justice. I really admire June Venters who, having reached the top of the legal profession, still finds time to use her legal training to run a pro bono legal advice clinic out of her local GP’s.