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What makes a great family lawyer?

Finding the right lawyers to work with at a firm is a bit like trying to find the right partner in a personal relationship. Of course they need to have the requisite professional level of qualification and experience. This is perhaps something you wouldn’t ask a partner on a first date. However, beyond that, it is more down to their personal traits as to whether or not they will “fit” and so work well with the organisation. And of course what works well here may not work well elsewhere.

Woolley & Co differs significantly from many (most?) law firms you may come across. We have a team of partner-level, experienced family law specialists working from home offices across England and Wales. They have far more autonomy than in a traditional firm but are supported with both ethical and legal queries as well as benefiting from the guidance and back-up of the firm in areas such as IT, marketing and strategy. We make best use of “new” technology and can tailor meetings around the needs of clients rather than tying them to high street office opening hours.

This way of working is not for everyone though, I acknowledge that. The right person for me needs to be autonomous, a self starter and with a desire to promote themselves and convert leads in business, something perhaps less common in a high street firm.

When it comes to the core attributes we look for when recruiting family lawyers it is fairly straightforward as far as I am concerned, but, again, these points may not be the ones everyone picks:

Integrity – essential. The public at large may not automatically see this as a trait in solicitors but it should be and we need to work to improve people’s perception.

Compassion – understanding that a client is often going through the worst time of their life in a divorce and offering the right support and encouragement should be part of the package we offer.

Experience – not just time in the job but having had the right kind of experiences to allow them to best serve clients whatever the scenario.

Autonomy – work well independently without needing people to poke you. This includes mucking in on all aspects of the job such as form filling and chasing invoices, rather than waiting for someone to do it for you.

Negotiator – all cases are a negotiation which involve using experience to follow the best approach and listening properly to both your client and the other party to reach the best result.

So if you, or someone you know has all of the above, and a GSOH, and are interested in working with Woolley & Co, we’d like to hear from you.

Andrew Woolley
Family solicitor

 

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