From whence do you come?
Whitefield, Manchester – although I had a four-year stint in Leeds, where I studied Law and Management Studies, before I came home to start climbing the property ladder.
How long have you been at Berg?
I started my Training Contract in September 2010, so 17 months and counting.
Why did you choose Berg?
Having completed a number of vacation placements at a wide variety of firms, I decided that I wanted to work at a small-medium sized commercial firm based in Manchester that had an excellent reputation and impressive client base, but also a good work/life balance.
Berg was one of a very small number of firms that fit the bill.
What’s it like to work here?
We work very hard as a team to achieve great results for our clients but we play hard too. Trainees receive excellent training, get lots of client contact and, where appropriate, plenty of responsibility.
Why did you choose law?
I have always enjoyed solving problems and was attracted by the opportunity to get paid to do so. A career in law is challenging, diverse and (most importantly) interesting.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I use my free time to catch up on my favourite TV shows (Top Gear, Hustle, Suits, White Collar and Good Wife to name a few), cooking, spending time with my family and going on road trips. My more active hobbies include visiting the Lake District, photography,
playing squash and, when I’m lucky, scuba diving and snowboarding.
What’s your favourite book?
The Firm by John Grisham
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A homemade steak burger (preferably ½ pound or more) with crispy onions, sautéed mushrooms, fresh avocado, pickles and beef tomato and a light sprinkling of salad leaves – served on a sesame bun with homemade chips (King Edward potatoes only please) and a variety
If you could invent one brand new law, what would it be and why?
That solicitors (including trainees with at least one year’s experience) can park on single and double yellow lines, free of charge, at any time.
If your house was on fire, what one item would you save?
My backup hard drive – everything else is replaceable. (For the avoidance of doubt, I no longer live with my parents.)
And finally, Marmite?
I’ll try anything once – which I did. I haven’t had it since.