And though she be but little, she is fierce
Following my interview with Claire Scanlan, Guardian Law’s Director of Legal Services, it’s clear that she is not one to be underestimated!
Claire manages an extensive and varied legal case load, as well as mentoring the trainee solicitors and managing the operations of the firm.
She is driven and efficient but very supportive to the firm’s clients and the team here. Find out a bit more below.
What is your role here at Guardian Law?
I am primarily a solicitor and my role is to advise and represent our clients with employment law issues, such as drawing up contracts, negotiating settlement agreements and defending Tribunal Claims.
I supervise the day to day training of Bina and Georgia who are trainee solicitors.
Often referred to as the “Chief of stuff” I also look after the firm’s finances, insurance, compliance with our regulator, invoicing, banking reconciliation and the general operations of Guardian as a whole.
What is your work background?
I qualified in 2003 and started my legal career as a solicitor in civil litigation and property law before I moved to specialising in employment law 12 years ago.
I have worked predominantly in the East Midlands, however I support our clients across the UK.
I joined Nickie, our firm’s founder, in 2010 and became the Director of Legal Services in 2019.
Tell us about yourself Claire
I am a proud Scot and regularly visit my family in Edinburgh. I’m very close to my mum who inspires me with her strength and optimism.
I met my husband whilst at University and we have been married for over 20 years.
Outside of work, I enjoy weight training at the gym, watching Leeds United, cooking and baking. I make a mean banana bread!
I also love travelling and have been to some exotic locations such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines. My favourite holiday destination is India.
Interviewed by Mojoko Zong, Business Development Intern, Guardian Law