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Interview with an Executive Lawyer in Wills, Trusts and Probate

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Laura Stuart is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team in Rugby. We caught up with her to get an insight into her role and her time at Brethertons.

1. What are the key priorities in your role?

My key priority is to provide an exceptional service to my clients together with sound legal advice.

2. What aspects of your role do you most enjoy?

I thoroughly enjoy working with clients and providing them with the high quality service and support they have come to expect from Brethertons.

3. What aspects of your role challenge you?

The landscape of the law is changing and firms must be quick to react to this. It is both rewarding and challenging to work within a firm which is ahead of the curve in terms of the way we interact with clients, the services we offer and the manner in which we work as a unit or team.

4. What aspects of your work do you find most interesting?

Meeting clients on a daily basis and being able to help them in any way is extremely gratifying. For many, the law is completely alien to them and it is therefore essential that they meet with a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable but personable and empathetic as well.

5. What support do you have in the firm and in your team?

We have recently restructured the way in which the support teams within the firm operate in order to provide a more consistent level of assistance to fee earners. This has taken some of the more administrative tasks and responsibilities away from the fee earners in order that they can then focus their attention on providing quality legal work.

6. How have you developed in your role since you started in it?

The new structure within the firm has developed my understanding of the need to delegate tasks appropriately in order to ensure I am able to meet client expectations. 

7. Where do you see your career/skills/knowledge developing at Brethertons?

Brethertons encourages its lawyers to focus on how we see ourselves as lawyers. This could either be as a lawyer who is technically astute, with a particular knowledge or understanding of a complex or niche area of law or as a lawyer who is able to manage other lawyers and support staff effectively.  By focusing on this we are able to achieve a more productive and efficient workplace.

8. What do you enjoy most about the firm and our structure?

I like the fact that everyone within the firm has a purpose or a role. They are all aware of their role and the importance they play in providing the exceptional standard of service we pride ourselves on. 

9. If someone is considering applying for an Executive Lawyer role at Brethertons, is there anything you would like to share with them?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Working within an innovative and structured firm presents fresh opportunities but equally a much steeper learning curve. The team at Brethertons has always been willing to support me in my progression and development as a lawyer and I value the feedback and assistance I receive on a daily basis. 

If you are interested in hearing about Executive Lawyer opportunities at Brethertons, please have a look at our vacancies page or get in touch with David Langstone