Jane Gray heads up the wills, tax trusts and probate team at the country’s largest family law specialists, Stowe Family Law LLP. Here, Jane provides an insight into becoming a family lawyer and offers advice to others wanting to take the same path.
I had the privilege to study philosophy and history as a first degree. In a nutshell, history helped me understand bias and philosophy is all about logic. Transferring to Law from this seemed like a natural step.
I studied Law at the College of Law, Chester Centre which is held in great esteem, and rightly so. It was a great place to be.
In 1996, I started my training contract with a respected Legal 500 firm of solicitors based in Northampton. Once I became a qualified solicitor I was promoted after two years to become an associate at the firm. I then married, moved to Manchester and combined working with family life.
I am part of the team of family lawyers at Stowe Family Law’s Hale office, specialising in wills, inheritance tax and probate law and has a wealth of experience in dealing with high values cases. Furthermore, I advise on Lasting Powers of Attorney and general mental capacity issues occurring under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
I regularly contribute to the Stowe family law blog, which features over 4,500 articles related to family law and divorce. The articles I have written cover topics ranging from wills and inheritance related stories, to pensions and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
I am also a fully qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), as well as an Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
Law is a fantastic base because it is so versatile and respected. Whatever your interests you can have a fulfilling and creative career. My area is private client law. I see people with complex family situations and I create a solution tailored to that family. No case is the same and half of my job is being able to relate to other people in a compassionate and measured way.
The best career advice I had is that you should always play to your natural strengths. A career is a journey. It should be interesting to you. Don’t do it because it is expected of you.