Sanita is a Litigation Executive specialising in Road Traffic Accidents here at Bott and Co. She started her career with us as a Junior in 2003 after studying Law, Performing Arts, Business and English Literature at college.
Her hard work and dedication meant she quickly climbed the ladder to become a Team Leader here at Bott and Co.
As a Graduate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives, Sanita – who is currently studying Law further – now oversees her own team dealing with both litigated and non-litigated matters. We catch up with Sanita to find out more about what makes her tick.
Where did your initial interest in Law come from?
Well, in my primary school years I initially wanted to be a firewoman. This then progressed into wanting to be a policewoman in my early secondary school years. By the time I had matured and it came to choosing my options at college I was a keen watcher of Ally McBeal and thought all the lawyers looked great!
I decided the former two options would mess with my hair and nails so vanity prevailed and from then on I was pretty set on being a lawyer. I suppose I always wanted to help people in one form or another.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
That’s easy: Seeing people get their lives back on track.
If I think of some fairly nasty injuries I have dealt with, it can be disheartening to see what the client is going though.
Although you fully sympathise, you are not living their life and dealing with what they are dealing with. Some people become severely depressed as a result of their injuries and I’ve seen other people who’ve had to make complete career changes because they previously had quite a physical job they’re no longer able to do. Imagine having to start all over again!
When you’re speaking to this person for so long and going through the whole journey with them it is really satisfying to see them back on their feet at the end. I have had clients who I have been sorry to say goodbye to once their case has been concluded.
What problems do you come up against on a daily basis and how do you resolve these?
A lot of the time any problems which occur are as a result of lack of communication, whether this be communication with a defendant representative or communication with a client. In these situations the best thing to do is just listen.
How did you find the process of studying whilst working?
I would say that I’ve found studying whilst working at Bott and Co to be a very smooth process, particularly as it has been fully funded by the company. The people I worked with in the early days were very encouraging and there was never a shortage of volunteers to explain an assessment question I was struggling with.
No-one is off limits and there have been many occasions where I have sat with the partner at the firm to assist with a certain legal concept. There is very much a family feel and it felt like I was simply asking my big brother or sister for advice. It’s nice to be on the other side of that equation now and to be able to pass on the knowledge which I myself benefited from.
There is actually a Bott Academy these days which was set up with the sole purpose of assisting those who want to study and progress and advising on options and study leave. There is very much a ‘the sky is the limit’ mentality which I think is great and is one of the reasons why I love working at Bott and Co.
In your spare time, how do you like to wind down?
It is a little known fact that I am actually a keen writer of poetry and also love a good book, I read for at least 30 minutes every day just before bedtime.
I also love attending the gym for stress relief and love red wine for relaxing. Plus there’s nothing that a good dance can’t cure.
If you had a super power what would it be and why?
I would definitely opt for the power to stop time. There are some days when problems can come up unexpectedly at the last minute, for example if new evidence is adduced at a late stage. Of course, the main priority is to do the best for your client whilst submitting what is required well within time. There have been days when it might have helped to stop for a minute, have some chocolate and put my feet up to catch my breath before starting all over again. I think that’s pretty universal isn’t it?
If you were Queen for the day what law would you pass and why?
I would ban business voicemails. I always feel a little silly speaking to a machine and inevitably tend to mess it up. You can’t build a rapport with a computer; give me a person to speak to any day.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
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