Jodi is a Portal Fee Earner who joined Bott and Co in November 2014. Jodi specialises in Road Traffic Accidents, taking on claims from the initial call. She likes to interact with new clients and ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Jodi is a keen traveller, having spent five months in Australia in 2013 and three months volunteering in South Africa in 2014. She worked in a free legal clinic in South Africa and helped many nationals and refugees who could not afford private legal advice with their legal queries.
In her casual travelling time she visited many places in South Africa and took part in numerous activities, including going on Safari in Kruger Park. Jodi got up close and personal with a range of wildlife whist travelling, but back in England she enjoys spending time with her dog.
She is now undertaking further study to develop professionally and enjoys the occasional holiday.
We catch up with Jodi to find out what makes her tick.
Where did your initial interest in Law come from?
My interest in Law came from a young age. I was always looking for a challenge and when I was deciding which degree I wanted to do, it was the biggest challenge I could find. I found that I had a huge passion for law during my degree. I took some time out after university and ventured into other professions but after completing a volunteer project on Law and Human Rights in South Africa, I knew that Law was the career I wanted to pursue.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
The most enjoyable part of my job is sending out damages cheques. It’s a nice feeling knowing that you’ve helped to recover the rightly deserved compensation for the client. I also enjoy speaking to the clients so that I can build up a relationship with them throughout the claim.
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever received?
The best gift I ever received was a puppy who I named Donnie. Five years later and he is the naughtiest, most loving thing on the planet. I guess he also goes down as the worst gift I ever received.
Growing up, what career did you want to pursue?
Growing up I wanted to be a barrister. I believed it was because it meant that you were intelligent and you were getting justice for people. My mum would tell you that it’s because I like to be argumentative. I also went through a phase of wanting to be a police officer like in the show ‘The Bill’. That dream was short lived when I didn’t grow past 5ft 1.
What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
I would like to learn another language. When travelling, I found that most people spoke English as a second language and I was envious that I only knew a few phrases in German and French.
We hear you’ve travelled far and wide! What is it that made you want to travel?
I visited Turkey, Greece and Egypt as part of a school trip when I was 14. On this trip, I experienced so many cultures and met so many people. That’s when I caught the travel bug.
What is the most daring thing you did whilst on your travels?
In South Africa, I got the chance to do a few daring things. I went cage diving with great white sharks and also walked with lions. The shark cage diving was an incredible experience. I was only slightly comforted that there were small metal bars protecting me from being a meal.
Walking with lions was probably the most daring and terrifying experience of my life. It involved free walking with no protective barrier with two lions. They were not impressed by the 40 minute walk with humans. They often turned around to growl, probably sensing my fear!
I also got the opportunity to sit in a Siberian tiger pen in Australia Zoo, Brisbane. I was allowed to stroke the tiger and spent around 40 minutes interacting with her. Luckily, despite having to sign a waiver stating that in the event of my death my family would not sue, I survived. It makes me sound very daring to strangers.
What did you get out of travelling?
The main thing I got out of travelling was an insight into many cultures and different ways of life. In particular, when I came back from South Africa, I got a renewed sense of just how fortunate I was to live in England. The effects of Apartheid are very much still in the minds of South African people and I felt very lucky to have not experienced something like that first hand.
Whilst travelling, what home comfort did you miss the most and why?
I am going to be typically British and say that I missed a nice cup of tea the most. Tea will never taste the same as it does at home. Other than that, I missed my bed and not having to walk up ladders to have a lie down.
What are you plans for the next year?
In the next year I hope to complete my qualifications to become a Legal Executive and hope to develop in my role as Portal Fee Earner. Personally, I have holidays to Los Angeles and New York in the next few months to look forward to.