Member spotlight: Louise Fegan
Our latest Professional spotlight is Louise Fegan, alumna and partner at Morrisons Solicitors. Louise took the time to answer some quick-fire questions about her life as a partner in a law firm. Louise studied her A-levels at RGS leaving the school in 1989.
1. Briefly describe what you do all day?
I am a partner within the Corporate & Commercial Team at Morrisons Solicitors. As well as general corporate/commercial work, I specialise in the buying and selling of dental practices all over the UK.
My day is largely taken up with advising clients and negotiating with other party solicitors in addition to drafting documentation, facilitating the proposed terms of the transaction.
My working day will usually start with checking and dealing with any urgent emails/ telephone calls and delegating work to my team. I often have conference calls or meetings booked in so ensure I am fully prepared for them.
I am also the Training Principal at Morrisons so I am responsible for managing four trainee solicitors across the firm’s five offices. On a day to day basis this largely involves pastoral care but I am also responsible for managing the needs of the firm when arranging the trainee ‘seats’ on a rolling six monthly basis as well as being heavily involved in the intake process at the beginning of each calendar year.
2. What’s the best thing about your job?
Helping clients to achieve their goals; whether it is assisting them with selling their practice so they can enter into a much deserved retirement or starting an exciting new adventure and purchasing their own dental practice. I love that no two days are the same.
3. What’s the best thing about Morrisons?
It is a friendly, professional firm with a real community feel.
I am proud to be part of a firm that genuinely has the best interests of the client at heart.
4. What’s been one of your proudest moments working at Morrisons?
Further to my dedicated work within the dental sector at Morrisons, it is a great achievement to be a member of NASDAL (the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) which is a very select UK wide group of specialist advisors to dentists. Additionally, in 2016 I was delighted to be asked to become a partner at Morrisons.
It was a very proud moment in my career to be personally acknowledged by the firm that I continue to be dedicated to.
5. What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?
I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two sons. I can often be found spectating at a muddy football pitch on a Sunday morning!
6. What inspires you?
I am always inspired by people who have overcome great hardships, who use their initiative and are proactive – whether this be in their working or personal life.
7. Fill in the blank: I once met…
David Williams (RGS 1981-89, now more commonly known as David Walliams) and actually sat next to him in English and History A level whilst we were both at Reigate Grammar!
8. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?
Supersonic hearing – I always like to be the first to know what is happening. I’m sure it would also prove useful in my home life in relation to my children!
9. What are five words (or less) of advice for others in your profession?
Work/life balance is important.