NQ life – Hannah Baker

25 January, 2017

This week, our trainee solicitor blog team caught up with Hannah Baker, to find out how she is getting on in her role as newly qualified solicitor.

Describe your role and area of expertise

I am a solicitor in the Advisory Group. I act for individual clients in relation to their personal and financial affairs. Amongst other

things, I assist in preparing Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and advise generally on estate planning and trusts. More recently, I have taken on some estate administration work too.

What do you find most interesting about your work?

The variety! In a single day I might find myself advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney, preparing an application to obtain a UK grant of probate where the deceased died domiciled outside the UK, considering the tax implications of a property transfer and visiting a client at home to take instructions for a Will.

Each client and everyday is different which keeps life interesting!

What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

I started considering a career in law towards the end of my time at secondary school (although not as a result of the usual careers questionnaires which repeatedly told me to consider a career as a prison officer!). Inspired and intrigued by Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, I arranged some work experience at the local Crown Court. My interest in the law and the legal system continued to grow from here.

How has your life changed since qualification and how did you find the transition from trainee to NQ?

Undoubtedly, the transition from trainee solicitor to NQ is a tough one. However, the support I have received from my colleagues has been fantastic!

The added responsibility of having your own clients and files to manage inevitably means extra work compared to being a trainee solicitor. However, I love being able to take the time to really get to know and build relationships with my clients. Understanding their circumstances, aims and objectives is key.

What is your favourite thing about working for Cripps Pemberton Greenish?

The people! Although, our new offices in Tunbridge Wells are pretty great too!