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 April is Donna Hart who is based at our Exeter office.
Q&A – Ten Questions
- What is your job title?
Director and Shareholder specialising in divorce and finance work and shortly will head up our Court of Protection department
- How long have you been at The Family Law Company?
- How did you come to be at TFLC?
I worked with Stephen Sowden at a large commercial firm. He went to work at TFLC and asked me to join him there. I was keen to work for a family law specialist firm and as soon as I met Norman Hartnell and Jane Chanot I knew it was a place I wanted to be. Stephen and I are both now Directors.
- What inspired you to go into family law?
It sounds such a cliché but the idea of helping people through difficulties really appealed to me. And there’s the variety – no two days are ever the same. My time is split between seeing clients, desk work and attending court. The work is fast-paced – you will certainly never be bored working in family law.
- Describe your specialism/s
Divorce and finance work mainly, although I still undertake some private law children work. In addition, I will soon be heading up our new Mental Capacity department – this is a new area of law the firm will be specialising in. It’s really exciting to be part of our move into such an interesting legal subject area.
- What would you say are your key strengths as a family lawyer?
I think I am very sensitive to a client’s needs and will go that extra mile to ensure that they feel supported through what can often be a very difficult and emotional process.
- What is the achievement you are most proud of in your job?
There are so many – but I was thrilled to win the CILEx President’s Award in 2015 for outstanding services to the legal community and being shortlisted for many awards where those that won were extremely senior and well respected across England and Wales.
- Why do you think TFLC is different from other family lawyers?
We are already specialists in what we do, but because we have such a large team we are able to specialise even further. Our many teams throughout the firm specialise in divorce and finance, children, domestic abuse, child abduction, public law, grandparent work, cohabitation and more. I am also proud that we are a compassionate firm – we take care of our clients and each other.
- Are there any related volunteering roles you undertake?
I am a Trustee at Exeter Citizens Advice, an excellent charity that supports so many local people. I am a mentor for the fabulous BEEP charity supporting and mentoring young people back to work. I also volunteer for Inspiring the Future, attending local schools and meeting young people who may want a career in law. I am looking forward to welcoming some college students to the office next week!
- What do you do to relax?
I love food, cooking it and eating it! I also like to do yoga and paddle boarding.