Our solicitor gives next generation of lawyers’ tips in Yorkshire Post
This week Yorkshire Post’s ‘Legal Matters’ Q & A features our solicitor Rachel Baul who seeks proper protection for separating couples – and gives some tips for those embarking on a legal career. Here’s the profile in full.
What’s the biggest development you’ve seen in the legal world during your career?
In the 22 years since I qualified, it has been the onset of the digital age – often described as the ‘technological revolution’. In particular, emails as a means of instant communication rather than letters, which would previously take days to arrive. Law firms have transformed the way they work and instructions can be obtained from clients without delay, making it easier and quicker to progress cases. Prolific use of the cloud and mobiles are likewise the norm. The old model has been robustly challenged and practices that are embracing and adapting to the technological advancements are undoubtedly reaping the benefits.What law would you like to see changed?
The introduction of cohabitation law which would give proper protection to separating couples. I have lost count of the times that I have had to explain to rather shocked clients that the concept of a common law husband or wife has no legal basis. Jones Myers has been a vociferous campaigner the reform of cohabitation laws for many years and always urges clients to set up a cohabitation agreement to give them some protection should their relationship breakdown.
What is the most exciting work you’ve ever done?
The cases I find most fascinating are those with an agricultural element. Farming divorces have so many different aspects, often involving third parties intervening and liquidity issues. The asset rich and cash poor scenario is usually a key feature in such cases.
Who in the legal world do you most admire?
Baroness Hale of Richmond for her forward thinking and refreshing approach to the law and legal profession. A Yorkshire lass who was born in the West riding, Lady Hale is renowned for her straight talking. Changing the face of the legal profession, she is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Her track record – nothing short of inspirational – includes repeatedly smashing the glass ceiling, spearheading ground breaking legislation and championing diversity.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the profession?
Be focused and have faith in yourself. Never be afraid to ask senior colleagues for help and advice. Being empathetic and a good listener are also key – along with being disciplined and well organised.
Based at Jones Myers’ Harrogate office in Windsor House, Rachel’s specialisms include high net worth financial cases involving business and trust assets in the UK and overseas.
Regularly representing sports professionals and members of the medical profession, her extensive expertise also spans pension assets and drafting cohabitation and pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements involving significant assets.
Rachel is contactable on 01423 276104 or via email Rachel.Baul@jonesmyers.co.uk