60-Seconds With: Stephanie Antrobus, Solicitor, Womble Bond DickinsonDate: 05/01/2022 Type: 60 seconds with Community Magazine Interviews ThoughtLeaders 4 Content Topic: Private Client | Trusts | Wills and Estates | Inheritance | Next Generation Wealth | Investment and HNWI’s | Tax |
Q) What is your key area of practice?
A) At present I do a mixture of non-contentious estate planning and contentious trusts and probate work, with a view to specializing into the latter once I have a strong foundation in both practices.
Q) What are you most going to focus on in the next 12 months?
A) My main focus over the next year will be on developing my technical knowledge and gaining exposure to a broad variety of work.
Q) What do you see as the biggest upcoming challenge you face as a practitioner?
A) I think as a newly qualified solicitor homeworking has been challenging junior practitioners learning and development opportunities. Moving forward in a hybrid working environment I see that juniors will need to seek out and prioritize the face-to-face, ‘learning by osmosis’ opportunities that we have no doubt missed out on as a result of the pandemic.
Q) Why did you choose to attend TL4 x ConTrA’s Private Client Summer School and what did you achieve from attending?
A) I thought the conference was a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with other practitioners, particularly as face to face networking has not been possible for such a long time. I also felt that I had a lot to benefit from the talks, as they covered a broad array of issues that private client practitioners face and was a great introduction to this area of law.
Q) How did it feel to be back at a physical event?
A) I thoroughly enjoyed being at a physical event and I certainly prefer this style to the online format we have become so accustomed to over the past 18 months.
Q) What was your key takeaway from any one of the sessions at Private Client Summer School over the 2 days?
A) One unexpected takeaway from the event was that even as an NQ I should be prioritizing my career development by formulating a strategy for my progression now and building my network with that strategy in mind.
Q) What would you say to people thinking of attending one of our summer schools in the future?
A) I would strongly encourage anyone looking to attend a summer school in the future. It is a great opportunity to get out of the office, learn from leading practitioners and expand your network at the same time.
Q) What does the perfect weekend look like?
A) My perfect weekend would be anywhere with my friends, with some great food and a glass of wine (or two).
Q) What is the one thing you could not live without?
Q) Who would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
A) Gordon Ramsey – for the entertainment and if nothing else some great cooking tips.