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Sanita Gillespie

Sanita Gillespie

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Phone: 01625 415800

Fax: 01625 415900

Sanita joined Bott and Co in 2003 and has devoted herself to acting on behalf of people whose lives have been devastated by the carelessness of others. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be in a profession that helped the innocent.

Her career at the firm started in an assisting role, which led her to become a Litigation Executive and she quickly progressed to her current role as Deputy Legal Manager.

“Working in so many differing roles in the company has taught me to appreciate everyone’s roles and the impact each role has on customer service and client relations as each role has massive importance to the overall success of the business. Working my way up in the legal field has taught me there is no substitute for experience and hard work in the fight for client justice.”

She understands how frustrating it can be when someone is injured due to someone else’s negligence. Their injury goes beyond physical pain and it can affect their family, their job and lifestyle.

There’s no better feeling than representing an injured client and obtaining full compensation for the pain and suffering that a client has experienced. I am passionate about making the client’s journey as stress-free as possible and have dedicated my career to helping people recover from injuries,” says Sanita

She will do whatever is necessary to obtain fair and just compensation for her clients and is committed to keeping them frequently and fully informed about their cases so they can make sensible decisions throughout the legal process.

In addition to handling her own caseload, Sanita has mentors and trains junior team members and provides top-notch client advocacy from start to finish in injury claims, whether dealing with an insurer on the client’s behalf or presenting a legal case in court.

Sanita takes a keen interest in developments in the legal industry and how they are impacting on people injured in road accidents, regularly attending courses to ensure that her legal knowledge stays fresh and current.

Her approach is client centred and focuses on the claim being only a component part of the solution for his clients, putting rehabilitation at the centre of what she does.

She also has extensive experience of investigating and pursuing claims from all types of situations. She has regularly been involved in road traffic collision claims, acting on behalf of car drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists. She has experience in Uninsured Loss Recovery files for commercial vehicles, dealing with claims on behalf of small and large companies who hold fleet policies with well-known insurance brokers.

“I joined Bott and Co because of their dedication to helping people when they need it most as well as the firm’s career development opportunities for example offering to sponsor applicants through legal qualifications.”

Asked about what her professional highlight is to date, she said “I successfully defeated a Defendant’s request for appeal and permission to appeal which had already been refused once in the lower courts. The hearing was in the High Court which was dealt with by Mr Justice Blair (Tony Blair’s older brother).

In her spare time Sanita enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends, reading and travelling. Amongst her favourite destinations is Argentina, where she says she fell in love with the culture, beauty and diversity of the country, particularly the views and sights of the capital Buenos Aires.


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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