5 minutes with Associate Director, Nic Barker
Nic Barker is an Associate Director in the Corporate and Commercial team. With a specialism in corporate finance and M&A, Nic has experience across a range of sectors, including development finance, healthcare and owner-managed businesses. She also spent some years running her own business and so has first hand experience of the challenges facing small business owners.
What sort of law do you specialise in and how do you help people?
I work with people in business, across a range of sectors like healthcare, financial services and hospitality. It can be people setting up, buying or selling entities or day-to-day activities like funding new ventures or working with other businesses. Fundamentally it is all about people, how they work together and helping them get to where they are going.
What does a day-in-the-life of a lawyer look like?
It is hackneyed, but there genuinely is lots of variety, from fielding queries from new clients who have sent questions via our website to working on longer term transactions that can take months to complete. Our clients can be anyone from a small local firm to an international corporation and getting to know them and their business is part of the fun.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Problem-solving is always satisfying – helping to come up with a solution is a big part of the buzz for me.
GL Law have implemented a hybrid agile way of working, how does that affect your role as a lawyer?
Its great because I get the chance to work from GL’s beautiful Queen Square site as well as remotely from Exmoor, where I live, something that would never have been possible in the old days!
Favourite working from home perk?
It would be a 3-way dead-heat between unlimited coffee, the chance to sneak in a wild swim after work and sharing my office with the dogs.
If you didn’t go down the legal career path, what would you be doing now?
It would definitely be rural and ideally would have a focus on trees; I would love to study arboriculture and sustainable agriculture, especially agro-forestry (combining trees with other crops).
When you’re not working, where would we find you?
I live on a small farm, there are always jobs to do, so most likely I will be outside in my wellies and waterproofs!
Dream holiday destination?
I love the Isles of Scilly, and Bryher is particularly magical – it feels like a different world, looks like the Caribbean (admittedly a bit cooler) and you can get there on the ferry from Cornwall.
Last good book?
Another dead-heat: The Stranding by Kate Sawyer and the End of Men by Christine Sweeney Baird – both brilliant new authors and totally immersive books.
Lockdown TV boxset binge?
It feels a long time ago but I did get stuck into Call My Agent (with subtitles!).
You’re usually the one giving out advice, but what’s the last piece of good advice you were given?
I often come back to the quote from Terry Pratchett: “Always see what is really there”.