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Compliance Consultant

Debbie Fowler

Compliance Consultant

What gets me out of bed in the morning

I have two cockapoo dogs ‘Frodo’ and ‘CharlieNo’ (he was a very naughty puppy) and my early morning walks with them give me time to clear my head and plan my days, which are always are varied and jam-packed. I work with dynamic lawyers in relation to their on going and new projects to help ensure compliance and that risks are being mitigated and managed - my ‘to-do’ list always needs attention. Some days I visit and assess law-firms for the Law Society in my role as a Lexcel assessor, and this keeps me on my toes and ensures my knowledge about the inside workings of firms is constantly being refreshed.

An entrepreneur I admire

Karren Brady, who is a tad younger than me but has done so much, and my goodness she is so glamorous. I believe her success has been born of passion, vision and ambition. Through determination, hard work, and a clear set of rules consistently applied in every aspect of her life and career she has been voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world. Her rules, that I adhere to as well, are:

1. Work hard

2. Have confidence (I’ve never been backwards in coming forward)

3. Embrace ambition

4. Have the courage to take a risk (assessed and managed, of course!)

5. Take a reality check (every day occurrence for me)

6. Learn to juggle (gosh, do I know how to do this)

7. Plan to win

8. Know how to negotiate

9. Grasp the bottom line

10. Communicate

The fine print

  • Key practices: Finance, Corporate & Commercial
  • Education and training: FCILEx; Resolution Mentor; Mediator; Lexcel assessor and consultant; and SQM assessor training (but I never pursued this).
  • Historic Roles: Litigator; risk and compliance manager; client care and complaints manager; and speaker/trainer for MBL Seminars.
  • Speaking Roles: Lexcel conferences; Regional Law Society conferences and events; and Lexcel assessor training days.
  • Other Interests: My family definitely come top of the list, but know that my dogs usurp them! Travelling and holidays in sunny places. Playing a euphonium in a brass band – I met my husband though our love of music and we have shared this hobby since. I enjoy being outdoors, and making things.
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