Each month we are featuring one of our solicitors or chartered executives. We feel strongly that our clients should be matched with the right lawyer, so this is one way of finding out a little more about our team.
Our lawyer of the month for November is Alex Boardman. Alex works from our Plymouth office.
Q&A – Ten Questions
- What is your job title?
Officially I’m a Chartered Legal Executive – but I have one client who says my role is “half solicitor, half Ninja”.
- How long have you been at The Family Law Company?
Seven years on 4th January 2018.
- How did you come to be at TFLC?
MD Norman Hartnell was persistent in trying to persuade me to come back into private practice. I met with him several times and then made my mind up. He tells me he knew I was the person he wanted to protect vulnerable clients who were suffering domestic abuse.
- What inspired you to go into family law?
Previously I worked for a building society where my role was undertaking repossessions for properties where the mortgage holders had defaulted on their mortgage. Time and time again I dealt with people whose relationships had broken down, whose situation had led to financial difficulty and non-payment of their mortgage contributions resulting in the building society taking repossession proceedings. On one occasion, a young father who had the care of his young child had a heart attack on the day of the repossession – and the building society would not postpone the repossession. This prompted me to change jobs and I moved into family law within three months.
- Describe your specialism/s.
My husband says that to be a specialist, you need simply to know one more thing than anyone else, but I am unsure if that is true. I primarily deal with domestic abuse and private law children issues. This involves giving people guidance on their circumstances, when they are often under high levels of distress. So, I think my specialism could be summed up as helping people see their world in a different way so that they can bring about the changes they need to make, to make their world a better place.
- What would you say are your key strengths as a family lawyer?
Clients would say that I am clear and direct.
- What is the achievement you are most proud of in your job?
Helping a client and their family move away from an abusive relationship.
- Why do you think TFLC is different from other family lawyers?
Being all family lawyers together means there is a real understanding of the complex demands of the role on your personal lives. In respect of how this benefits our clients, as we are a specialist firm there are no conflicting demands within the firm, so the focus is always on resolution of the situation rather than the bottom line.
- Are there any related volunteering roles you undertake?
The work I do often requires an emergency response, and I sometimes need to act at very short notice. So, it’s not the right time to commit myself to a volunteer role – but who knows in the future?
- What do you do to relax?
Gardening, walking and cycling – and I like to read.