Meet Tamara, the Divorce Lawyer who wants to be Dr Who
27th November 2014
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What do you love most about your job?   The variety – clients, court, other lawyers – lots of interesting people

Your first childhood memory? My little sister falling out of the car and the massive ice cream I got whilst she was at the hospital.

How long have you been a member of WIBN and why did you join? 7 years. I became marketing partner at my previous firm and realised that networking was key. I didn’t like the speed dating type networking meetings.

Most frightening film and why? Cape Fear –Robert De Niro was terrifying. I stopped doing Mental Health law representing  potentially dangerous cleints seeking discharge shortly after!

What sort of training did you have before going into this business? Having been a partner in my previous firm I had the advantages of being party to running a business with people far more experienced than me.

What advice would you give someone who wants to set up their own business?  Take advice from as many people as you can. Not all of it will be useful, but collectively you will have a clear picture of all of the pros and cons and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and just go for it.

Who is the most interesting person you have met? My grandfather – WWII pilot, survived 5 years at Stalagluft 3 (of the Great Escape Fame), Berlin Airlift, great sense of humour, interested in EVERYTHING – politics, education, the arts and his interest was infectious.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Tilda Swinton -  Because she would make me seem more interesting and enigmatic than I am! Or Renee Zelwigger paying Brigit Jones playing me.

What is the last book you read? The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas 

What is the best thing that someone has said about you and your business? That I am not like a normal divorce lawyer.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing – what one thing would you do differently? I would have travelled before starting my legal career as once you are on the road, its hard to deviate.

If you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be? To time travel – the first female Dr Who. 

How would you describe your business in three words?  Speed – Flexibility – Plain English

What were you hoping we’d ask you, but didn’t?  How would your children  describe you.

How have things changed for your business over the past few years? I’ve only been working for myself for 18 months but even in that limited time  there are huge changes in my field – no legal aid, more regulation and more litigants in person at Court. On the plus side, our model of working is making lawyers more accessible.

What is the greatest challenge in running a business? Not letting it merge into your home life.

What are your plans for the future? To do what I do more efficiently.

What’s the best thing about being a member of WIBN? The camaraderie, the friendship and the wealth of information and switched on people at my fingertips.

Tamara was named as a Leading Individual for Family Law in East Anglia in the 2014 edition of Legal 500 - you can contact Tamara here    

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