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Claire Currie, Partner and Private Client Solicitor at Kirwans Solicitors

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 14th, Sep

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

I would like to see more data checking by the banks when dealing with the accounts of those who have passed away. I often feel they are rightly cautious during their customers’ lifetime to ensure no-one else is able to access their bank account, but once someone passes away, the security around whom the banks pay the closing balances to seems to fall away. There are many checks they could do that just don’t happen.

What does a typical working day look like?

After dropping the children off at pre-school and school, I usually head to the office. After responding to post and messages, I will typically see four clients during the day. Between appointments, I usually do desk work such as writing wills, speaking to clients and dealing with correspondence regarding estates. As an equity partner and head of our Family department, I also have numerous management responsibilities to squeeze in too. I couldn’t do this without the support I have in the office, and my secretary Nicola who makes sure that everything runs smoothly. I tend to finish at 3.30pm to do the school run and then fit in a couple more hours once the children have gone to bed.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

As I didn’t go back and study law until my later twenties, I would say that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you want to do as a career now. During life, you will find your path. Equally, don’t worry about being the person you think people want you to be; be yourself. As long as you are kind and always try your hardest, things will come together. Cherish your friends, as they will be the most important things in your life apart from your children. You don’t necessarily need lots of friends either; just a few close ones who you can always turn to.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Doing something with the children. We always try and get out somewhere active and outdoors.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

Mistakes can happen and the character of a person is how they deal with those mistakes rather than the mistake itself. Always seek help.

Who is your role model in business?

Computer scientist, academic and social entrepreneur, Dr Sue Black. Although she is in a completely different sector, she seems to have taken what she has learnt in business and is willing to give it back while also championing the increasing role of women in technology.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

The region is such a vibrant one, ever-changing and developing, and the business sector is both innovative and supportive, making it an attractive prospect for businesses. It's also a great place to live; the real sense of community, coupled with the many family-orientated events on offer, means I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

 

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