Chris Dale joined Gardner Leader as a paralegal in 2009 and went on to complete his training with the firm, qualifying in 2012. Chris is praised by the clients as a persistent, diligent and considerate legal expert who is both exceptional in both his attitude and approach to deliver peace of mind to the clients.
General day to day successes, getting complex property matters over the line and breaking the good news about house sales and purchases to clients! Particularly young, first time buyers who are so excited to have exchanged contracts – it is lovely giving them that news! Winning a silver award in the ‘Best Young Conveyancer’ awards a while back was also a good achievement.
Work hard on the day to day aspects, but remember there is more to progressing in your career than merely the ‘legal work’. Particularly at firms like Gardner Leader, there is a strong focus on the social side and business development – you cannot necessarily grow your caseload by sitting in your office. Get your face out there, meet clients in the local area and people in other teams in the firm. Get involved in the sporting, charity or social aspects, as a lot of work is generated through your contacts in other teams in the firm and in the local area.
Very supportive environment and opportunities for progression. There is an atmosphere of friendliness and helpfulness from the top of the firm down, which encourages you to learn and does not punish mistakes. I have been able to progress from being a paralegal to a salaried partner and there are several similar stories when you look around the firm!
Again, the thoughtfulness and sense of humour/wit of the people I work with. GL has a brilliant social side and gives the impression of really wanting to improve, both internally and in terms of the client experience. Ideas are encouraged from every level of the firm and over the years I have enjoyed seeing many of the good ones come into fruition!
I admire all of the partners – I think they all care about the staff and treat their day to day jobs with good humour, regardless of how stressed and busy they are. Immediately people like Stuart, Seona and Derek come to mind, but I find all of the partners admirable in different ways.
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” I think this works internally and externally – treat colleagues as you would hope to be treated and similarly; give clients the experience you would hope to receive as a client of another business.
I like to do paintings and artwork as a hobby and have sold several paintings and taken commissions. I have given paintings to several family members and friends for special events!