Learning & Lawyers: Lianne Lodge
As part of a new series of blogs highlighting the expertise and people at the heart of our team, over the next few months we will be profiling some of the skilled people who work at Gillespie Macandrew.
First up for April is our newly appointed Partner, Lianne Lodge. Lianne is a Partner in our Private Client team and is also Head of Charities and Not for Profit.
What is it about your role that you particularly enjoy?
There is a lot of variety in my job and I particularly enjoy the amount of contact I have with people – building long term relationships with clients, being part of their work on a charity or helping them and their family is very rewarding.
So, what has been your proudest moment since joining the firm?
Probably my most recent promotion to Partner – it’s still quite fresh in my mind.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve been working on?
It may sound trite but our clients are so interesting and on the charity side it can be inspirational to see what our clients achieve through their passion, commitment and innovation. In Private Client, we are dealing with people’s lives. People are amazing and it never fails to surprise me how open they can be– if you ask the right questions! We’re really privileged to get to know our clients and their families because of our role in helping them manage their affairs.
What do you think you have yet to achieve in a professional capacity?
I believe that we never stop learning and there is always room to do more. The legal landscape is changing, so I expect that my greatest achievement at the end of my career will be something I haven’t even considered yet.
What advice would you give to someone entering the legal profession?
Stay open-minded and try everything. Many people enter approach their legal training with a pre-conceived idea of what they would like to specialise in – myself included! However real life is often very different to your expectations, so try everything you can - what you enjoy most may just surprise you.
Also be genuine. The days of the stereotypical lawyer in a pin-striped suit are gone (well almost). I have found that people, whether they are clients or colleagues, want to deal with people who are sincere and have integrity – legal advice is often a distress purchase so it’s important to bear that in mind and be sensitive.
And when you aren’t in the office, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, good food and watching F1
Who would be your top three dinner party guests?
A mixed bag from me which probably shows where my interests lie: Kimi Raikkonen, J K Rowling and Stephen Fry
What three words do you think best describe Gillespie Macandrew as a firm?
Modern, inclusive and empowering.
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