Belfast Telegraph

'Always bear in mind that tough times pass'

Q. What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A. "Tea time will come" - a variation on the phrase, "this too will pass" and a reminder of the transient nature of life and its challenges. I was given a gift of the words engraved on a coaster I keep on my desk.

Q. What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A. Don't be afraid to ask questions. I have found most people have been delighted to help me. Try to be fair to everyone you deal with, be humble, be grateful and be resilient. Try to have a sense of humour and above all, act with integrity.

Q. What was your best business decision?

A. Deciding 10 years ago that JMK would focus purely on personal injury cases and become an expert and niche practice.

Q. If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A. Counsellor or Pilates teacher, or a combination of both

Q. What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A. Croatia last summer - we stayed in Podgora in the north and Mlini near Dubrovnik. I am taking my sister to Palma, Mallorca for her fiftieth birthday in April.

Q. What are your hobbies/interests?

A. I love Pilates (as per my alternative career choice) and I try to attend classes three times a week, plus I love to travel.

Q. What is your favourite sport and team?

A. Rugby - Ireland

Q. If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A. The Island, by Victoria Hislop

Q. How would you describe your early life?

A. Mum and dad tried to give us all they could with limited resources, so we had some adventures travelling in France with a trailer tent. We were a competitive family and I think that has played out with both my brother, sister and I all striving to succeed in business.

Q. Have you any economic predictions?

A. Only that we will adapt to what happens and move on.

Q. How would you assess your time in business with JMK?

A. Over the last 13 years my life has changed completely, from being a solicitor with 10 years' experience of focusing solely on client files and court attendances to becoming the managing director in the largest personal injury practice in Northern Ireland. I have for the last 10 years led a diverse team of talented people, encompassing all aspects of the practice to include IT, office clerks, accounts, as well as 23 solicitors. I feel very fortunate to work with a group of people I genuinely care for and respect and who inspire me to make the business strong and secure for their future.

Q. How do you sum up working in the legal profession?

A. It is a privilege to be in a profession where you can help those in need.

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