5 minutes with Solicitor, Alice Gibson
What sort of law do you specialise in and how do you help people?
I specialise in family law. I help people who are going through big life changes, such as divorce, separation or deciding on arrangements for their children. I aim to provide compassionate and pragmatic advice to help people come to resolutions that they can live with.
What does a day-in-the-life of a lawyer look like?
A day in the life of a family lawyer can change from day to day! Typically, I will be meeting with clients (either face to face or via video), drafting documents, preparing cases for court, or collaborating with my team members and Counsel. Family law is fast-paced and involves balancing lots of different priorities all at once, so each day can be different from the last.
What is your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the job is helping my clients to think about their future. Divorce and separation can be a really difficult time in someone’s life, but it also represents a new beginning. It is a privilege to help someone through one of the most difficult periods in their life and see them reach the other side.
GL Law have implemented a hybrid agile way of working, how does that affect your role as a lawyer?
Working in a more hybrid, agile way means that I can offer more options to clients in terms of the service I provide. I am available via telephone, video or in person so I can tailor the service I provide to meet my client’s needs.
Further, a hybrid working arrangement mirrors the way that the legal system has adapted over the past two years. Many of our court hearings are held via video and the divorce process is moving to an entirely digital procedure from 6 April. Being available both online and in person means that we can offer better access to legal support to suit our clients.
Favourite working from home perk?
Grabbing a lunchtime coffee with a friend and taking a stroll around my local park!
If you didn’t go down the legal career path, what would you be doing now?
If I didn’t become a solicitor, I would probably be an English teacher. My degree was in English Literature, and I still have a big passion for all things cultural.
When you’re not working, where would we find you?
In the cinema or next to my sewing machine. I re-discovered my love of sewing over lockdown.
Dream holiday destination?
Last good book?
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. I have been re-visiting some classic murder mysteries over the past few months and this was a highlight!
Lockdown TV boxset binge?
You’re usually the one giving out advice, but what’s the last piece of good advice you were given?
A good communicator is a good listener!