Debbie works closely with our trainees - from their recruitment all the way through to their qualification. Having been a commercial property lawyer for nearly 15 years before moving into recruitment, Debbie is the perfect point of contact for prospective and current trainees as she has first hand experience of being a lawyer!
What is your role at Foot Anstey?
I work within the recruitment team focusing on trainee recruitment, which is an annual cycle of law fairs, recruitment campaigns, vacation schemes and assessment centres. We want to recruit the best candidates, so we are always looking at how best to attract them, sell the firm in terms of what we can offer trainees, and assess candidates to ensure we offer to the right ones. Everyone within the firm is genuinely invested in our trainees and wants them to succeed and develop into excellent business advisors. Being involved at the very beginning of this process is both exciting and rewarding. It also keeps me very busy!
What do you most enjoy about your role?
Having been a solicitor myself I can relate to the journey of a trainee solicitor and the time, effort and commitment it takes, and it's great being able to put that into practice. Securing a training contract is incredibly challenging but the rewards are worth it. I enjoy seeing how candidates progress, from when they first meet us to when they join us, and then on to when they qualify with us and beyond.
What does 'Powering your ambition' mean to you?
To me, it means the firm wants its employees to think about what they want to achieve, both short- and long-term. Also, it means the business is supportive of helping individuals achieve these goals by providing tools, such as our Mentoring Programme and the Business Skills Academy - both of which have helped me focus on what I want to achieve and what I need to enable me to do it.
What do you enjoy about living and working in the South West?
I grew up in the New Forest and then spent 12 years studying and working in London before moving to Bristol for 13 years. Now I'm back in the New Forest.
I love the quieter pace of life and the fact that I can step out of my front door and within 5 minutes I am in the forest, or I can jump in the car and within 20 minutes be at one of the many beautiful beaches nearby. I am based in the Southampton office but I really enjoy the fact that we are a multi-site firm and can work from other offices with ease. Not only is it a great way to reinforce working relationships and get to know people in different teams, it's also a good excuse to explore a different part of the country.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
I am a keen photographer and love taking photos of wildlife and my surroundings. Living in the New Forest means I am spoilt for choice for photo opportunities – I have been known to stop and take a photo of a New Forest pony on my commute (usually when it's blocking the road), something I definitely couldn't do when I lived in London! Also, I love watching rugby and have a season ticket at Harlequins RFC. Though on cold winter's day, you're more than likely to find me curled up on the sofa reading a good detective novel, or watching a Marvel film for the hundredth time.