Bishop and Sewell LLP
Read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, then postgraduate Russian and French, first job was as a scientific interpreter at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna then UN generally as interpreter in Russian French and Spanish after a year of teaching in Mexico City and also for the African and Arab Development Banks. On return to a base in London I trained as a lawyer and in 1975 founded Fisher Meredith solicitors specialising in publicly funded work and human rights and which grew in scope and reputation over the years before finally merging with Bishop and Sewell in August 2017.
At Fisher Meredith we covered many areas of law but latterly have concentrated on Family law, which I headed, also Immigration, Dispute Resolution , Property and Private client work (Wills, Probate, LPAs). Now in the bigger merged firm we do this work and can also offer more in the way or commercial and corporate advice.
What we bring to the table
Experience, good reputation, integrity, empathy, modest rates, good service.
Likes: Sailing my dinghies, riding my little horse (Delboy), cats, reading novels in French , Spanish and Russian, country life, painting/drawing, Royal Institution lectures,History festivals
Dislikes: Meat and fish; football, noisy restaurants, Brexit
One thing you wouldn’t know about me
My hero is Horatio Lord Nelson
What word or phrase best sums you up?
What’s your greatest achievement to date?
- a) Fisher Meredith and b) producing 2 lovely daughters
How long have you been a BNI member?
What does your company do?
Provide legal services to individuals and companies
What is your job title?
Consultant, Family Department
What does your role entail, in a nutshell?
Advising and representing on all aspects of family law–relationship breakdown, children, houses, money , relocation etc; also referring on other types of works to colleagues.
Why did you decide to take that direction?
I got into Family law by helping battered wives escape domestic violence in the 1970s and campaigning for legislation to assist them.
How do you help your community?
Informal advice, befriending old person, holding tea parties.
What is the most exciting / rewarding aspect of your role?
Making people happier.
Why did you join BNI?
AS an interesting way to market legal services and Family law in particular and to broaden networking horizons.
What has BNI done for you?
Greatly increased my contacts/friends in all types of work in London for personal and business purposes.
Any pearls of wisdom for fellow entrepreneurs / Business Professionals?
Get to know people’s interests and what motivates them.