Hi Rosemary! Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with me. So how long have you been in your current role?
In my current role, 8 years now.
Why Birchall Blackburn Law, what drew you to the company?
Well I actually applied for a role in 1998 as a secretary, where I worked at the Old Crystal House building which used to be where Birchall Blackburn Law was based in Preston. I worked in the personal injury department. I then went on to complete the Common Professional Examination (CPE), followed by the LPC, at UCLAN in Preston, having previously completed an English Language and Linguistics Degree at Sheffield University.
In 2011 I was invited to rejoin the firm by a (now former) employee of the firm, as a fully qualified Solicitor, having spent 7 years working at a couple of large firms in Manchester.
Do you enjoy it, or any challenges?
The work is very challenging, particularly in my area of law which involves looking after clients who have been recently bereaved, elderly and vulnerable clients, or clients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. It can be a sensitive and emotive job. However, the positive feedback and comments we receive from our clients who really appreciate what we do, and seeing how our work can really make a difference to our clients’ lives, makes it a very rewarding job.
Any sports or hobbies?
I enjoy swimming when I have time, which isn’t very often. I’ve also just started going to candlelit yoga and meditation sessions which I’m really enjoying. I also spend a lot of time acting as a taxi service for my 8 year old daughter ferrying her to and from her various dancing lessons, Brownies, parties etc.
What’s your favourite tv series/film?
Any trashy reality tv (total escapism) or a good drama. Also an avid Corrie fan.
My mum’s cooking! Steak and onions or Shepherd’s Pie are two of my favourites.
Favourite place you’ve been to?
The Caribbean, I went on a cruise visiting some of the Islands in 2011 and would love to go back there. Every island is so unique, it’s like a little piece of paradise!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To be invisible
What’s something you’re proud of?
My children, Cerys and Dylan – they are 8 and 4.
Do you have any big ambitions?
I would like to be able to retire early and live somewhere idyllic such as New Zealand. Otherwise, just to be healthy and happy and not get too stressed about things which don’t really matter in the grand scheme of events.