In our 60 second interview series, Mary-Ann Wright founder of boutique family law practice Manders Law speaks to Citywealth about custody battles over a peacock and supporting clients through the emotional and psychological stress of litigation.
Tell me about your role.
As the Managing Partner no day is ever the same! My primary focus is developing great client relationships and growing and developing the team. I also continue advising clients in our most complex cases. I am also involved in several external organisations which promote my profession, including the City of London Law Society and Worshipful Company of Solicitors, where I Chair the Livery Committee. I am also a member of the national Law Society’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
How has the private client industry changed?
There is an ever-increasing drive for transparency in charging and fee structures. Our sector needs to embrace this challenge rather than fear it. Clients are no longer prepared to accept an hourly rate unquestioningly and are now supported in this by our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It is only a matter of time before Family Law is included in the new regulations.
What lessons have you learnt?
Always treat your clients and your colleagues as you would wish to be treated
Tell us about interesting client instructions.
A wealthy client who became embroiled in a custody battle over his pet peacock during the divorce is one I will always remember.
What challenges do your clients face?
Dealing with the emotional and psychological stressors of family law litigation, which we are addressing with self-help tips in our latest blog series.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Advising and supporting clients to come out of a high conflict divorce with their dignity and bank balance intact and with a sense of hope for the future.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Know what you don’t know and be prepared to pay for top class professional advice to find out.
What was the last book you’ve read?
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Where was the last place you travelled to for work or pleasure?
The IBA in Rome this October.
How do you relax after a long day?
An addiction to The Archers and listening to Radio 4 generally.