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.
This month our lawyer of the month is Fiona Wadey. Fiona works from our Exeter office.
Q&A – Ten Questions
- What is your job title?
Senior Associate Solicitor.
- How long have you been at The Family Law Company?
I joined in July 2012.
- How did you come to be at TFLC?
At my previous firm I was the only lawyer in the family department and as I am a team-player this never suited me. I met Jane Chanot at a networking group, subsequently applied for a job and the rest, as they say, is history!
- What inspired you to go into family law?
Initially I studied family law on the Legal Practice Course, and instantly had an affinity with it. It is so rewarding being able to assist people through challenging times in their lives, and when I dealt with it in practice, I immediately knew it was the area of law for me.
- Describe your specialism/s
I specialise in divorce and relationship breakdown, and the subsequent financial settlement. I also advise on pre and post nuptial agreements.
- What would you say are your key strengths as a family lawyer?
I am calm under pressure, measured and objective in my approach, but also ensure my clients are supported emotionally. I like to find out what is important to my client and consider how best to achieve this aim. I pride myself in presenting the options to a client, allowing them to make an informed decision and choose the right route for them. After all, they know their family best.
- What is the achievement you are most proud of in your job?
I achieved a distinction in my Legal Practice Course, and feel this stood me in good stead. I also successfully passed the training to be a mediator, which has allowed me to look at things from a different perspective.
- Why do you think TFLC is different from other family lawyers?
Our clients really are at the heart of the company ethos, and this means we can put their needs and those of their family first. There is always a friendly face in the office, and we all work so well as a team.
- Are there any related volunteering roles you undertake?
I volunteer monthly at a legal clinic run by Citizen’s Advice. This provides an important service to the community and I really enjoy it.
- What do you do to relax?
I love being active! I play hockey during the winter, and you’ll often find me at the gym at 6am in the morning.