How do you see the Private Practice and In-House legal sectors evolve in the next few years?
I think the key areas of focus in the next few years will be in litigation, financial restructuring and regulation. I believe many firms, especially the smaller ones, already struggled with new technology; the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified both the problems and the opportunities available to legal practitioners in how they deliver services. The key technologies to look out for in this space are videoconferencing, onboarding and automation of documents and research.
What are your core values? How do they apply to your work?
Acting as a lawyer and director of a firm, my main enjoyment came from helping people through a tough time in their life and to achieve a great result for them. In the same way, sharing a path of growth with my staff to achieve what they wanted out of their careers was a particularly rewarding experience. In my role at Rutherford, I can now blend my legal knowledge with client services and bring about a meaningful impact on people’s lives. It is incredibly rewarding.
Success is mutable; no one is a success for more than a few moments after they have achieved a goal. It’s important to change your idea of success in line with your values as you go along.
What is the most important thing people need to know about you?
I was visually impaired as a child and was lucky enough to receive two cornea (eye) transplants, which enabled me to live a ‘normal’ life. I am a passionate advocate of organ donation and supporting medical services more generally. In that vein, I currently chair a medical technology charity whose objects are to advance cardiological education and diagnosis through web applications, machine learning and hardware.