Judith is a Legal Executive who joined Bott and Co in 2004. Her role involves handling all types of personal injury cases, namely workplace public liability and road traffic accidents.
More recently, Judith has been involved in the inception of the Holiday sickness Team at Bott and Co.
Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters. We catch up with Judith to find out what else makes her tick…
Where did your initial interest in Law come from?
I spent four weeks doing jury service at Liverpool Crown Court in the second year of my degree and thought I’d like to go into Law rather than pursue a career in Psychology.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Being able to go out and meet clients, visit their homes and develop relationships with them – particularly when they have suffered life changing injuries. Meeting clients face to face enables me to get so much more from them, which then assists me in dealing with their claim.
You’ve been at Bott and Co for over 10 years now – how have changes in the legal industry affected you during this time?
Things have changed massively. I’m old enough to remember the law pre-Woolf (that will take too long to explain, so those not old enough should Google it!). The changes have been pretty dramatic for lawyers over the last decade and I’m lucky to have had experience during the early years of my career.
In the early days – when I was training as a Legal Executive – I would go out to court every day and attend hearings. I was even called to give evidence in a court case on one occasion.
Unfortunately these days we seldom go to court; most hearings are done by telephone. I really miss that part of the job.
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever received?
The best present I ever had was a car on my 21st birthday because it was a complete surprise. The worst present would probably be a salt and pepper set from my ex-husband.
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I loved Australia and had the opportunity to go there twice. It’s a fantastic country – I would do anything to go there again and would recommend it to anyone!
What would you be if you weren’t a Solicitor?
Occupational Therapist. They do amazing things for people in rehabilitation.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I would go to the Maldives so I could sit on a beach (which is what I’d want to do every day of the year anyway if I wasn’t at work), preferably with very few people on it and then go and have a really ritzy dinner with cocktails and fine wines. The perfect place to chill and unwind.
What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?
Sarah (my PA) will tell you that I have always wanted to learn to ice skate. Sarah paid for me to have ice skating lessons for my birthday last year. I’m rubbish but I love it!
What is your biggest achievement to date and why?
In my legal career it would be when Bott and Co nominated me for Legal Executive of the Year at the Manchester legal awards in 2013. I was lucky enough to be shortlisted as one of three finalists.