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Looking for a family solicitor? Meet Jen Pollock.

02 December 2020 |

Jen Pollock is an associate solicitor in the Family team and is based in the Bristol office. She qualified as a solicitor in September 2009 and has over 11 years of post-qualification experience dealing exclusively with private family law issues. We caught up with Jen to find out more about her life as a family solicitor. 

Which areas of family law do you specialise in?

I advise people in all aspects of relationship breakdown, divorce, cohabitation disputes, children issues and domestic abuse injunctions. I have specialist skills in the dividing of finances during divorce including pensions and business assets. I also work extensively with families dealing with disputes over children, including international issues, parental alienation and where serious allegations have been made.

 

What made you decide to become a family solicitor?

I wanted to job where I could make a real difference to people who were going through what is often the worst time in their lives. I enjoy taking time to understand what my client wants to achieve and helping them work towards this. I love the fact that every day is different, and the job is never boring.

 

What is your favourite part of the job?

Seeing my clients being able to move forward with their lives in a positive way after their case has finished.

 

What’s the most common piece of advice you give?

Keep calm and keep communicating! Its not always possible, but it is almost always the best way to stop issues escalating, reduce legal costs, and to achieve a resolution that works for both parties.

 

What do you wish people knew about family law when they’re considering getting in touch with a solicitor?

The process of sorting out the legal aspects of your separation can seem intimidating, but you don’t have to deal with this on your own. The team at GL are friendly and approachable and will help to explain your options clearly and guide you in a constructive way that prioritises the outcome that is important to you.

 

What’s the biggest mistake you see clients make?

Not taking legal advice early enough. It is so important to speak to someone about your options at an early stage as it is much easier to navigate away from common pitfalls early on, than to try to undo the damage later.

 

If you hadn’t become a solicitor, what would you be doing now?

I love reading, so working in publishing would be a close second choice.

 

When you’re not working, where would we find you?

I am a keen runner and was training for my first marathon when Covid 19 hit, the race was cancelled but I haven’t hung up my running trainers yet! I also love wild swimming, walking and making the most of Bristol’s amazing food scene.

 

What’s your dream holiday destination?

I can’t wait to take my children to Costa Rica, after visiting in 2004, the combination of awe-inspiring landscapes, and amazing wildlife is a winner.

 

When was the last time you laughed out loud?

Last night, playing with my two children in a car they had made from a huge box.

 

You’re usually the one giving out advice, but what’s the last piece of good advice you were given?

“Live in the moment and take time to appreciate the little things”. In the times of Covid it is easy to get ‘bogged down’ in worrying about things you can’t control; this advice has helped me stay balanced over the last 6 months.

 

To get in touch with Jen Pollock directly you can email j.pollock@gl.law or call 0117 906 9400.

 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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