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Niamh Minihane – Partner Q&A

14-07-2020


Niamh qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and has many years of experience as a Private Client Solicitor.

Niamh specialises in Will drafting and related Inheritance Tax planning, Probate and Administration of estates, Court of Protection matters, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and capacity issues.

We asked one our newest Partners Niamh a series of questions to get to know her better –

What has been your career highlight?

I would definitely have to say my promotion to Partner. It is a privilege and an honour.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to build their career in Law and potentially work towards Partnership?

My advice would be, not to be afraid to ask questions. This is how you learn. Every Solicitor at Gardner Leader has an open door policy, so do not suffer in silence. To head towards Partnership, teamwork is key.

If you could do anything other than being a Lawyer, what would you be and why?

Well, I can tell you what I would not want to be after 5 months home-schooling three children during lockdown, and that would be a teacher! On a serious note, I would love to be a spy.

How has Gardner Leader helped you in your career development?

Gardner Leader have never said ‘No.’ From day one, they have had 100 percent faith in me to let me grow as a lawyer but also to grow the Inheritance Protection team in Maidenhead. Gardner Leader are very keen for people to do well and progress. The Firm have believed in me, have encouraged, and supported me every step of the way.

What makes Gardner Leader special to you?

The people. Gardner Leader is my second family. There is no hierarchy within the firm, we respect one another, and we respect each other’s opinions and views. Things like that matter. It is a very caring firm and everyone is an equal.

Who would you most like to step into the shoes of for a day?

It would have to be any one of my three children. I would love to see the world through their eyes. But most of all I would love to know what they are really like at school!

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

Definitely to read people’s minds. That way, you can speak every language in the world.

What is a random fact about yourself?

I have been an extra in a Bond film. Perhaps this led to my desire to become a spy!

Do you have a favourite quote you stand by?

Be yourself; everyone else is taken – Oscar Wilde


Niamh Minihane

Partner
Inheritance Protection

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