Butcher & Barlow Welcomes Rachel Martin

Butcher & Barlow are pleased to welcome solicitor Rachel Martin to the fold. Rachel joins us from a firm in Bramhall, and although initially based at our Gadbrook Park office, will be moving to our Bramhall office in April. She will be working along side Partners Robert Morris and Justin Kelly, and solicitors Nicola Wingfield and Matt Watson.

We caught up with Rachel at Gadbrook Park to find our a little more about her.

Welcome along Rachel.  It’s good to have you with us. I hope you’ve managed to settle in to your temporary home?

I have been made to feel very welcome!  Being at the Firm’s dedicated commercial office for a month is giving me a great insight in to the commercial aspects of the Firm, and opportunity to meet the team I will be working with, albeit not in the same office.   I am excited to be a part of the Commercial Team at Butcher & Barlow – the interaction of the corporate and commercial, commercial property and commercial litigation  departments adds real value to the service that the Firm offers its clients.

Have you always wanted be a lawyer?

I’ve always had a lot to say for myself and, from about the age of 10, had visions of myself as a hot-shot barrister defending the good guys (as seen on TV!). Fast forward a few decades and the reality is slightly different, but I am still very proud to be a lawyer (albeit a non-contentious, commercial property one)… 

The TV influence appears to be a common thread for us Lawyers of a certain age!  I expect your actual typical day is not therefore what you thought it would be following an episode of LA Law?

Haha. No! My day is normally too short and sandwiched between fraught school runs!  (No cocktail bars after work for me!)  Mobile technology is often my saviour…

How do you relax after a hectic day of work and children?

When I have the time, I enjoy playing tennis and escaping with a good book. 

You’ve worked both in the city centre and on the high street.  Any interesting cases you have been involved in?

Whilst working at Eversheds, I was involved in the securitisation of MCFC’s ticket sales, when the club relocated from Maine Road to the Etihad Stadium. Sadly, the visits to Maine Road to take instructions were slightly lost on me as a ‘non-believer’, but it was a very interesting and pretty adrenaline- fuelled transaction….

And any light hearted anecdotes from your career so far?

None that I could mention here!

Your aspirations may have shifted from the desire to be at the hot shot barrister.  What do you current aspire to be?

A working Mum who genuinely ‘has it all’!

If you could tell your 15 year old self something, what would it be?

“Take a year out and backpack around the world before you start work…” I didn’t have the confidence at the time, but regret not having been braver now.

And now a few quick fire questions to finish off…

If you could be someone else for the day, who would it be?

Laura Keunnsberg of the BBC.

Who do you admire in the business world?

Sir Richard Branson – the ultimate entrepreneur with a moral compass.

Tea or coffee and how do you take it?

Coffee and stronger by the year…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Something cheerful – probably yellow.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Somewhere that has not yet embraced social media!

How would your friends describe you?

Loyal but increasingly forgetful!

Thanks for chatting Rachel and welcome again to Butcher & Barlow.  We hope you’ll be very happy with us.

Rachel can be contacted on 01606 334309 or rmartin@butcher-barlow.co.uk

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