I started my working life as a legal secretary working for a criminal lawyer in sexy Slough, and got thrown in the deep end at a young age, having to go through legal aid forms in the cells of Slough Magistrates’ Court and often Reading County Court with my ‘clients’. The police and barristers became my friends and my lust for law grew from there.
Kibbutz life beckoned and I was living in Israel with the 1991 Gulf War broke out. Gas mask and Clubbing Night were quite surreal. Moving back to the UK later in ’91 I moved to London and worked in an established and well known PR company in the middle of Soho – I loved the fast paced life of PR, Marketing and Celebrity. Really fun few years, however I was honoured to be headhunted by Guinness (now Diageo) to be their in-house Paralegal at the London Brewery. There I worked alongside many different departments, but especially Accounts & Company Secretary, so even in-house I realised the importance of the blend of law and finance and how the 2 professions worked hand in hand.
Since the dizzy days of Diageo I have worked in a leading Thames Valley law firm for 10 years before my last son was born (I have 3….) and decided that I wanted to research the changing world of law and how the Alternative Business Structures were affecting high street legal and accountancy firms. I have always loved writing (grammar school girl!) and enrolling in CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) meant I could dovetail my copywriting with marketing to carry on my love of law, but from a different angle.
I love being part of the ILFM and really want to see their benefits being rolled out to as many legal finance professionals as possible. As an organisation, the team spirit and effort that goes into ensuring each and every ILFM member is catered for, makes me very proud.