• In our latest ‘60 seconds with…’ interview, we speak to Louise Brenlund, Senior Associate in our Employment team. 

    How long have you worked at Brachers?

    I celebrated my tenth anniversary during this summer.

    What made you get into law?

    I loved the TV drama ‘This Life’ – aspiring young lawyers, sharing a house together with interesting lives and cases, there was never a dull moment. For that reason, I couldn’t wait to get into law.

    I become an Outdoor Clerk then a Legal Executive and finally qualified as a solicitor. It was a long road and very hard work, especially working and studying at the same time.

    My life hasn’t quite followed ‘This Life’ but one thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment!

    What advice would you give to your younger self?

    Doing the scariest things can turn out to be the best things – always try new things and don’t think too much about it.

    What’s been the top highlight of your career so far?

    A particular case that stands out for me is working with a school on a parental complaint which involved working closely with the head teacher, LADO and ESFA.

    There were a number of threats by the parent of reports to the ESFA and media, as well as repeated requests for documentation. The head was also directly targeted by the parent, resulting in the necessity of possible police involvement and advice around potential action under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

    As you can imagine, the head was trying to deal with all of this whilst trying to run a school and it was having a heavy impact on him both professionally and personally.

    It was an achievement to be able to support him and the school through these different channels and issues and, supported by the ESFA, persuade the parent that the school had acted appropriately and to stop the unnecessary harassment of the head.

    Sum up working at Brachers in three words

    Innovatory, challenging and rewarding.

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