5 minutes with family solicitor, Rachel Pritchard
Rachel Pritchard is an associate solicitor in the Family team and is based in the Bristol office. She qualified as a solicitor in January 2012 and has over 8 years of post-qualification experience dealing exclusively with private family law issues. We caught up with Rachel to find out more about her life as a family solicitor.
Which areas of family law do you specialise in?
I have experience in all areas of family law. The majority of my cases concern divorce, finance and children matters (and often a mix of all three) but I also have experience in dealing with pre and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and also resolving both financial and children issues when unmarried couples separate.
What made you decide to become a family solicitor?
I trained at a firm that didn’t have conventional “seats” and so 80% of my workload was in family law. I think being immersed in family law from an early stage and enjoying the work meant I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
What is your favourite part of the job?
The satisfaction that you feel when the parties’ reach an agreement – whether it be financial or relating to children. Ultimately that is what we are there to try and achieve.
What’s the most common piece of advice you give?
I often remind clients that it is the job of the other party’s solicitor to fight their client’s corner and that they should try not to take things that are written in letters by the other party’s solicitor too personally.
What do you wish people knew about family law when they’re considering getting in touch with a solicitor?
The power (and cost-saving) of compromise.
What’s the biggest mistake you see clients make?
Wasting time, energy and money on “point-scoring” or making points that do not progress their case.
If you hadn’t become a solicitor, what would you be doing now?
I think I would have been an architect.
When you’re not working, where would we find you?
Spending time with my family and friends.
What’s your dream holiday destination?
Hot: The Maldives/ Cold: Norway
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
My son is 2 ½ and a real character! He pretty much has me laughing out loud on a daily basis.
You’re usually the one giving out advice, but what’s the last piece of good advice you were given?
Take some time for yourself.