Partner Chat – February 2016

29 February, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

The Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day team caught up with Managing Partner, Gavin Tyler in this month’s Partner Chat.

Outside of work, I can usually be found…

..still at work! I am afraid I am somewhat addicted to Cripps Pemberton Greenish and I never really switch off.  However my other passion (in addition to my family of course!) is sport.  So if you can’t find me in the office or at home I am probably on the golf course or watching Sky Sports. 

Favourite Film

I am one of those people who doesn’t have an all-time favourite but a current favourite. Most recently this is Fury (even though Brad Pitt stars in it!)  Why?  I am very interested in military history and when films are made I like to see them portraying real life.  War is really unpleasant.   In Fury you can see what war makes people do and it is not very nice.  It is a brilliant film. 

Describe your role and area of expertise

I am the Managing Partner and effectively the Chief Executive of Cripps Pemberton Greenish.  It is my job to lead on the development of the firm’s strategy and its operational implementation.  As I am elected by the equity partners I am answerable to them.  That requires a consultative form of leadership as we are all owners of the business.  However, the partners are extremely supportive and understand that ultimately someone has to make difficult decisions and they won’t always like them. 

What do you find most interesting about your work?

It is extremely varied.  It can range from having to get involved in a very low level HR issue all the way through to deciding whether or not to invest a million pounds in a new IT system or substantially more than that on fitting out our new office.  I get to interact with so many different types of people both inside and outside the firm. 

What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

My father.  He came to law later than many, aged 39, having had careers in the RAF and industry.  He became an Articled Clerk at Cripps Harries Hall & Co (as we then were) in 1970.  He did what is now the GDL and LPC by correspondence course whilst working full time.  He got distinctions in both!  I had just started grammar school while he was doing this and used to sit at the opposite end of the dining room table to him as we did our homework.  I thought what he was doing was far more interesting than what I had to do and I started reading some of his law books that sparked my interest – I was 12 at the time!  The rest is history.

In your opinion, what makes a good trainee solicitor?

Adaptability, flexibility and a great sense of humour.  As you already know you have to be many things to many people during your training contract.  A genuine willingness to go as far as you have to go in order to achieve what your clients need with an eye to the interests of the firm as well are often more important that just being a good lawyer. 

What makes Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Cripps Pemberton Greenish?

The people.  It is a genuinely friendly place.  We don’t have factions and we don’t do politics.  The mark of Cripps Pemberton Greenish people is that they always put the firm ahead of themselves.