Lorna Barry, Parrott & Coales LLP
Since joining Parrott & Coales LLP just two years ago, Lorna has demonstrated an unrivalled commitment to building the business and capitalising on new opportunities.
She has developed impressive connections with key organisations in the local community and leveraged these to open up new revenue streams for the firm, as well as taking a leading role in the development and execution of the firm’s social media strategy and the creation of relevant articles in the local media.
How would others describe you in three words?
Organised. Hard-working. Proactive.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
Physical Education – I love sports and always enjoyed playing different sports at school and participating in teams for sports such as hockey and netball.
Could you please give us a few words regarding winning the LawNet Young Lawyer of the year Award...
Totally overwhelming. I really am surprised to have won especially up against such great nominees at this year’s awards. It’s a real honour to have won.
Tell us about one surprising thing you’ve learned since qualifying?
The wide variety of different problems and issues that clients have to resolve and how each client is totally individual.
What aspect of Law first attracted you to the industry?
The ability to problem solve and to help people resolve issues in their personal or professional lives.
If you could go back in time and give your school leaver self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Socialize more with family and friends as you don’t have as much time when you all get into the world of work and the daily grind
What has been your most embarrassing/amusing professional moment to date?
The most embarrassing moment was my first stint of advocacy as a trainee solicitor. It was before a Circuit Judge at the County Court, my client did not turn up and there were four other parties all represented by qualified Barristers. It was very nerve-wracking but worthwhile as at least I could say that I had done my first hearing.
Who (or what) inspires you?
My Mum. She has always encouraged me to aim high and go for things in life.
What advice would you give young lawyers or those considering entering the legal profession?
Be organised. If you are not organised, you will struggle with studying and taking exams, find it difficult in applying for training contracts and get lost in the day to day paperwork and dealing with tasks that need to be done within set time frames.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play tennis, go walking and spend time with my family and friends.
What is your favourite film?
Bridget Jones’ Diary – or anything with a romantic/comedy element.
Favourite T.V show?
Gavin and Stacey – it never fails to make me laugh and smile.
Name one of your favourite places in the world
The Maldives – I recently went there on my honeymoon and the ocean and beach scenery was spectacular.
Finish the following sentence:
"By this time next year..." I would like to have completed my specialist Resolution Accreditation.