Louise joined the Family Law and Mental Health team at Punch Robson in June 2017, just a few weeks after gaining her law degree from Teesside University. She began the course on a part-time basis, working as Legal Secretary for a local firm alongside her studies to gain valuable experience, before turning her focus full-time to her degree.
The Law Clinic at Teesside University had a notable impact on Louise, who was the winner of the Punch Robson student bursary award in 2016. Winning the prize meant Louise benefited from an additional two months of Clinic experience and she quickly became experienced enough to mentor the other students. They mainly worked on civil disputes and small claims cases, although a highlight of her work at the Clinic was seeing through a successful employment tribunal claim.
It was during her final year at University that Louise became really interested in Family Law, after covering it on the course. She finds the work interesting and enjoys meeting different clients and working on a varied mix of cases.
Louise is an enthusiastic runner and supports several charitable causes through her hobby. In addition to running for the MS Society, Louise and her aunt work together to organise an annual Memory walk in Middlesbrough for the Alzheimer’s society. In keeping with this cause, Louise has also become a ‘Dementia Friend’.
Louise has recently been appointed to The Law Society’s Mental Health Panel. She joins the firm’s Partner and head of the department Graeme Downs, Associate Solicitor Julie Brown, fellow Legal Clerk Angela Strike and Solicitor Rachael Hart on the panel.
In her spare time Louise is training to run a marathon and half-marathon next year to raise money for Breast Cancer Now. She looks forward to attending Glastonbury Festival every year and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.