Meet Team Hartlaw: Kate

Meet Team Hartlaw: Kate

Date
01 Aug 2019
Meet Kate, one of our partners here at Hartlaw and a key member of our Family Law and Dispute Resolution departments. She took five minutes out of her busy schedule to sit down and answer a few of our quick-fire questions.
How long have you worked at Hartlaw?
I started at Hartlaw as a paralegal in the Conveyancing department in November 2006, fresh out of law school. I had an interview with four of the partners (scary) on the Friday morning, and by lunchtime I had been offered the job. I’ve never looked back since.
 
Describe your job in just 3 words.
Fascinating, creative, rewarding.
 
What misconception about your job do you have to explain to people?
That we (in the family department) enjoy and spread misery. A big part of being a family lawyer is tailoring an individual approach to each client’s needs, which is often the most stressful and difficult time. We need to be creative and find solutions (in sometimes very difficult circumstances) that provide fair outcomes to meet everyone’s needs. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.  
 
What is the best part of doing your job and why?
Working with clients to protect their interests and creating an outcome that enables them to be happy again. I enjoy collaborating with clients and other lawyers to genuinely find the best solution to a client’s needs. Getting great results for clients, whether that’s in court, a negotiated settlement, or the best outcome relating to arrangements for children, is always a brilliant feeling.
 
What is your favourite thing on your desk right now? 
A large mug of tea!
 
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given, and who shared it with you?
An inspirational woman once said to me, the best advice I can give you is to “let it go and move on”. It’s probably the one piece of advice that most of us can apply into our lives in some situation or other. Don’t get hung up on something you cannot control or something in the past. Let it go, move on and find a way to make it better for the future.
 
Where is your happy place?
Home. 
 
Do you have a favourite hobby? 
Getting out and about with my two spaniels, and also baking.
 
What was your last good read?
I’ve just finished reading ‘My Mother’s ring: a holocaust historical novel’ by Dana-Fitzwater-Cornell. A fascinating read for anyone that is interested in WW2 history.
 
Cats v. dogs?
They don’t call me crazy dog lay for nothing.
 
Tea v. Coffee?
Always tea. Must be Yorkshire Tea!
 
What is your favourite time of the year and why?
Summer, when it’s light and warm and you can be outside without getting wet. The spaniels prefer the winter, especially if we have proper snow. It gives them zoomies!
 
Plan B - If you weren’t doing this job, what would you like to have done instead?
I would have been a vet.
 
What is top of your Bucket List?
I’d love to run a dog rescue centre.
 
If you were stranded on a desert island, what could you not live without and why?
Books. You would have plenty of time to relax and what better way to keep you occupied until you get rescued.

If you could bring back something from your childhood, what would it be?
Being fearless. I’ve noticed as I’m getting older, I am more fearful of things that I used to absolutely love (rollercoasters etc).
 
If you are going through a divorce or separation and need Kate’s expertise, give her a call on 01937 547037 or send an email to kate@hartlaw.co.uk .

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