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Deborah Laidlaw

D _laidlawWhy did you want to go into this career?

I wanted to pursue a career in which I was helping people during difficult times in their lives. I enjoy the fact that the law constantly changes creating a need to keep up to date with developments.

After I graduated from Northumbria University, I studied my LPC at BPP law School in Leeds. I thereafter started out as a Paralegal with a law firm based in the North East before joining a Yorkshire law firm as a Trainee Solicitor allowing me to gain good experience in family law, corporate transactions and commercial property before qualifying in 2012. 

I joined Stowe Family Law, the UK’s largest stand-alone law firm, at their office in Leeds city centre in August 2014. I specialise in all aspects of Family Law, dealing with cases involving divorce and separation, resolution of financial claims and children related disputes.

I am a member of both Resolution and Young Resolution, supporting a collaborative approach and good practice for the resolution of family disputes.  


What Are You Doing Now?

I now work as a Family Law solicitor for Stowe Family Law LLP, based at the firm’s Leeds office; just one of eight offices throughout the country.  I specialise in all aspects of Family Law, dealing in particular with cases involving divorce and separation, resolution of finances, cohabitation disputes and arrangements for children.


What Was It About Northumbria That Made You Decide To Study Here?

I am from the North East and felt very strongly that I should study in the local area.  The facilities at Northumbria were impressive and the tutors helpful and approachable.


What Was It Like Studying At Northumbria? Was There A Mix Of Lectures, Seminars, Team Projects? Was The Feedback Constructive?

I enjoyed my time at Northumbria University.  Teaching was a mixture of large lectures and small group seminars which focussed on the more practical elements of my current role.


What Impressed You Most About Our Academic Staff?

Knowledge of the law in practice.


How Did Studying At Northumbria Help You Achieve Your Career Goals/Give Your Career An Edge?

It gave me a good grounding of the relevant legal area’s and focussed me on the area in which I wished to practice.


What Was The Best Thing About Your Course?

The facilities and the ability to study the Legal Practice Course as part of the degree should you wish to do so. 


Which Skills/Knowledge Did You Learn On Your Course That You Use Most Now Throughout Your Career?

Practical based skills such as drafting and communication.


How Would You Describe Yourself In 3 Words Before Coming To Northumbria?

Determined, nervous, enthusiastic.


How Would You Describe Yourself In 3 Words After Completing Your First Year At Northumbria?

Settled, supported, optimistic.


What Were The Key Skills And Attributes You Gained?

Ability to engage in smaller group sessions and take on board constructive criticism as well as praise.


How Would You Describe Yourself In 3 Words After You Graduated At Northumbria?

Focussed, balanced, confident.


What Were The Key Skills And Attributes You Gained?

Ability to effectively communicate with others in a working environment.


What Did You Enjoy Most About Your Time At Northumbria University?

The friends I made and the experiences gained.


What Advice Would You Give Somebody Who Is Thinking Of Studying At Northumbria?

I would recommend it.


How Would You Describe Your Time At Northumbria In 3 Words?

Enjoyable, Challenging and rewarding.

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