Law success a talking point
A new law firm has taken on five staff in its first 18 months.
Solicitor Glynis Wright went into business early last year with just a temporary secretary to help her.
Since then her firm, in Bowling Green Street, Leicester, has built up a strong client base in family law and mediation.
Today, Glynis has about 250 clients and is looking to open a second office in the county.
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She said mediation was a becoming a more common way for couples to deal with financial and child custody disputes when they split up – without resorting to taking legal action or going to court.
She said she was one of a small number of trained mediators in the UK qualified to consult children during the separation process as well as the parents.
She said: "Work has poured in.
"Increasingly, people are being encouraged to mediate before they litigate, to see if it's an alternative way of solving their problem.
"It's much cheaper and better because the mediator can get them in the room together to broker the best deal."
Although she acts in child custody cases she specialises in financial disputes, charging an hourly rate for the service, and often working alongside a divorce lawyer.
Ms Wright was a partner at Frisby and Small, in De Montfort Street, Leicester, before deciding to go it alone.
She said: "I was very happy to be a partner there but left because I wanted to set up an independent niche practice and had a desire to be a businesswoman in my own right. It was not the greatest time to be setting it up, but I had faith in my own abilities.
"Within about three months my caseload was full because almost all my clients followed me.
"Contrary to popular opinion about divorce lawyers we do want to keep our clients out of court – probably about 75 per cent of what we do is divorce and child work, but 25 per cent is mediation.
"The reason I think we have been successful is that we only do work associated with families."
She said she wants to continue building the mediation service.
Ms Wright said she hoped to take on another lawyer in the coming months.