I arrive for work at our Launceston office, having just dropped my youngest daughter off at the bus stop. I also attended strength training outdoors Blast Boot Camp class at 6.20am, which is a great way to start the day. I have always enjoyed keeping fit and took up road cycling when a hip replacement put a stop to my running a few years ago.
When I get to my desk, I check and answer my emails and then start preparing for my first client meeting.
I meet with my new client, who needs our advice on taking a lease of part of a local airport.
As a Partner in the Commercial Property team and part of the Rural Services team, my work varies considerably from sales and purchases of farms, farm land and development sites to auctions of farmland and business premises, sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold business premises such as shops and industrial units, granting and taking leases of business premises, such as shops and industrial units, variations of business lease, taking and granting option agreements on development sites and granting and taking easements from utility companies.
My meeting finishes and I open the new file and action the work that is needed to progress it.
I review two files so that I am prepared for my next meeting, which is with a long-standing client who needs our support on a number of matters.
I have an appointment with my client. I advise them on signing a Bank Legal Charge and witness their signature. I also take instructions from them on two other new matters.
After my meeting, I deal with urgent emails that have come in over the morning. Monday and Fridays are always busy days because there are a lot of emails and telephone calls to deal with on Monday because the office is closed over the weekend and also Fridays because there are a lot of exchanges of contracts and completions taking place.
I also work on some urgent matters that need to be completed within the next 14 days. In my role, it is essential to be able to prioritise and work to multiple deadlines.
I take a break and pop into town. The Launceston office is just a short walk from a number of shops and cafes, which is really handy.
I spend the next couple of hours reviewing a file, preparing an urgent Title Report to issue to clients and preparing the matter for exchange and completion.
For the rest of the day, I deal with a number of other matters, including issuing documents to clients for signatures, drafting, amending and approving documents and reading papers to prepare client reports.
I finish for the day and leave the office. I love helping clients to achieve a swift and satisfactory conclusion to their transactions and giving the client customer satisfaction.
Now it’s time to head home to spend the evening with my family. Although I was born in North Wales and grew up on Anglesey and Abergavenny, I moved to Cornwall in 1992 after qualifying as a solicitor. I live in a small village about five miles from the Launceston office, with my husband, two teenage daughters, a dog, two cats and lots of tropical fish.