Tristan Sands is qualified as a Solicitor specialising in personal injury and civil litigation. His role as a manager within the RTA department sees him primarily responsible for managing the MOJ Portal Team and The Client Care Team – a total of 20 colleagues in total. In addition to his management responsibilities he is a senior member of the Litigation Team carrying a caseload of between 200-250 files.
With over 10 years’ experience in dealing with personal injuries caused by road traffic accidents, he has been fortunate to have worked equally on the Claimant side (in his current role) and on the Defendant side.
His past experiences have taught him what motivates Claimants in making claims for compensation and also the wildly differing approaches deployed by the UK’s top tier insurance companies in dealing with personal injury claims.
When asked why he became interested in law he said: “I come from a family of doctors, dentists and teachers and I have seen the fantastic careers that my family have built based on their work in their chosen professions. My mind was made up at a relatively early stage that I was too squeamish to deal hands on with the ailments, mouths and children of the general public and that left the Law.”
Having attended The Manchester Grammar School, and gone to Durham University, he added a law degree to the honours degree he had already achieved in Philosophy.
Specialising in civil litigation and personal injury in particular suits Tristan’s core strengths of being analytical, instinctive and empathetic when necessary. Advising and representing clients requires understanding of each client’s needs as well as the technical knowledge and experience to give the right advice when it is needed in order to secure the right outcome.
Tristan is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome for his clients in the form of a settlement that reflects their pain and suffering, combined with effective rehabilitation and any necessary adaptations to their way of living.
He aims to alleviate any concerns clients might have from the very outset of the claim, and is honest and transparent throughout their claim journey whilst providing the best possible service. Tristan’s highest achievement so far is qualifying as a Solicitor having secured a training contract at Keoghs Solicitors of Bolton prior to joining Bott and Co.
“My family motivates me to strive for the best in my professional life and whilst at work I take satisfaction when either my team or I achieve results which do not just meet but exceed the expectations of our clients, in addition to producing strong revenue for the firm.”
Outside work Tristan’s hobbies include watching football and travelling. He is an avid Manchester United supporter and is a season ticket holder. Tristan also enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and young children.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is achieving positive results for my clients while managing and supervising a team of fee earners and administrative assistants in my new role as a Team Leader. I enjoy coming into work and facing a new challenge every day.
How do you feel about being named ‘The Happiest Person in Legal’ by Douglas Scott?
I was both surprised and delighted to receive the title of ‘Happiest Person in Legal’ from Douglas Scott but I guess it is testimony to how welcoming Bott and Co have been since I joined in May 2014 and the level of job satisfaction I feel on a daily basis.
What challengers have you faced along your journey to where you are now in the legal industry?
The main challenge I faced at the start of my legal career was having to justify to potential employers why I decided not to study law at university. I studied Philosophy and then converted to law having completed my degree. The reason I did this was to broaden my horizons and essentially set me apart from many of my peers who would have only completed a single law degree. Having two degrees has definitely made me a more employable prospect.
What is your biggest motivation?
My biggest motivation is my family. I have two boys (4 years old and 7 months old) and there is no better feeling than coming home after a hard day’s work to play with my boys and watch them grow.
How did you get into the legal industry?
I began my legal career in earnest as a temp at Keoghs LLP covering a file handler who was on maternity leave but my potential was realised quickly and within 2 weeks I was offered a permanent position. Within 12 months I was offered a training contract and I have never looked back.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My wife and I have two beautiful boys and have been happily married for nearly 8 years – I cannot think of any professional achievement which would supersede that but it was an immensely proud moment when I qualified as a Solicitor back in March 2013.
We’ve heard you’re a good cook, what’s your signature dish?
My mum was born in Lahore, Pakistan and she has passed down many of her family’s traditional cooking techniques and dishes which I have adapted to my own taste. I guess my signature dish would be my own version of tandoori chicken tikka which combines my own modern ‘fusion’ ingredients combined with ingredients based on an old family recipe.
What celebrity would you cook your signature dish for and why?
I would cook my dish for the BBC’s Masterchef programme because they very rarely have people on the programme who excel at cooking dishes from the Indian sub-continent.
What are your interests outside of work?
As well as cooking, I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling. I also like to find time to watch my favourite football team, Manchester United. I have supported the reds all my life and have a season ticket but I am definitely a general football fan also, keeping up to date with the developments from other leagues across Europe as well as in England.
What would you be if you weren’t a Solicitor?
I would definitely have gone into politics and run for Prime Minister with a bit of luck as I believe that I have workable solutions for many of the issues facing the country and diplomacy is definitely one of my greatest facets as everyone who knows me would verify.