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For Hannah Robinson, though, the film, combined with a number of legal dramas which transfixed her during her student days, was to prove pivotal in shaping her career aspirations.

金光佛论坛淭he way such films and programmes depicted law made it look wonderful,金光佛论坛 said Hannah, who moved to Jersey from her native Manchester five years ago. 金光佛论坛淭he more I watched these dramas, the more I thought that could be me and I realised that the best way to start progressing those dreams was to get as much work experience as possible.金光佛论坛

And it was during such placements, followed by a training contract with a Manchester firm, that Hannah fell in love with the profession, even though she didn金光佛论坛檛 enter the discipline of criminal law.

金光佛论坛淎lthough it probably wouldn金光佛论坛檛 make such riveting television, I really enjoyed the teamwork and problem-solving elements of property law,金光佛论坛 explained the English solicitor, who was sworn in as a Jersey advocate at the end of last year. 金光佛论坛淚 could see that this was an area which would continue to motivate and reward me throughout my career.金光佛论坛

Adding to that motivation, she says, is the diversity of the projects with which she is involved. Before moving to Jersey to join Bedell Cristin in 2019, she advised on civil nuclear regulation and decommissioning (as well as assisting a client to obtain a licence for a new nuclear site).

金光佛论坛淚t was the first licence of its kind to have been awarded for around 15 years, so the work was unusual. It was really exciting to be a part of,金光佛论坛 she said.

It was during a long weekend in Jersey to visit her brother, who had recently relocated to the Island, that she first started reconsidering her future.

金光佛论坛淏efore that visit, I wasn金光佛论坛檛 even sure where Jersey was,金光佛论坛 she admitted, 金光佛论坛渂ut as soon as I arrived, I fell in love with the place. I knew immediately that it was somewhere I wanted to spend more time but I didn金光佛论坛檛 realise straight away the professional opportunities that it offered.

金光佛论坛淎s soon as I realised the potential there was to continue the high-quality legal work I金光佛论坛檇 become used to, I knew that I wanted to move here and I started applying for jobs immediately.金光佛论坛

Having joined Bedell Cristin金光佛论坛檚 property team in January 2019, Hannah said that she was thrilled to have become part of the department at a time when it was growing.

金光佛论坛淚t金光佛论坛檚 a great team, headed by Jeff O金光佛论坛橞oyle, with five fee earners, all of whom work across a range of property cases from residential to commercial,金光佛论坛 she said. 金光佛论坛淎s we金光佛论坛檝e grown the team over the past five years, we金光佛论坛檝e built a fantastic range of clients and created a real diversity to our practice, which is tremendously motivating and rewarding to work on. I am now really looking forward, with the rest of the team, to consolidating and building on that excellent position.金光佛论坛

And it was very much with a view to building on her position and affirming her 金光佛论坛渃ommitment to the Island金光佛论坛 that Hannah embarked, two years ago, on her advocate training.

金光佛论坛淚 wanted to be qualified in the jurisdiction in which I practise,金光佛论坛 she explained. 金光佛论坛淲hile there are several similarities between Jersey and English law, particularly when it comes to landlord and tenant law, there are also several points of difference, especially in the conveyancing areas.

金光佛论坛淭here are also certain things, such as the swearing of certain documents, that only advocates and solicitors can do, so, on a purely practical level, having qualified as a Jersey advocate gives the department greater flexibility. On a personal level, and as something of a self-confessed geek, I was also thrilled to learn more about other practice areas, such as succession and company law, in a slightly more in-depth way than I would have done otherwise.金光佛论坛

But while the team is equipped with an array of technical knowledge, Hannah says that this is not the sole reason that it receives regular plaudits in guides such as Chambers and Legal 500.

金光佛论坛淓veryone presumes that lawyers will be technically competent but our work also requires us to think commercially, practically and outside the box to find solutions for our clients,金光佛论坛 she said. 金光佛论坛淭hese are things which, in my experience, the Bedell Cristin property team does really well, and these are the things that come across in our client testimonials in Legal 500. By finding solutions, we are able to give clients that added value, which is also integral to building those long-term relationships.金光佛论坛

That approach is also, she says, central to Bedell Cristin金光佛论坛檚 ethos of 金光佛论坛減lain speaking, smart thinking金光佛论坛, a strapline which was launched following a rebrand, with which Hannah was involved, last year.

金光佛论坛淭he nicest thing about the rebrand was that there was no directive from the firm telling us what we had to be,金光佛论坛 she reflected. 金光佛论坛淚nstead, team members were asked what they did well and what they aspired to do, and 金光佛论坛榩lain speaking, smart thinking金光佛论坛 was the resounding feedback and a simple way of telling the world what we do.金光佛论坛

Applying that philosophy to her own caseload, Hannah says that she carries out a 金光佛论坛渨ide-ranging suite of work金光佛论坛 from high-value residential developments and portfolio management to secured lending and landlord and tenant cases.

金光佛论坛淲e act for major landlords, major commercial lenders and advise large-scale developers on regeneration projects,金光佛论坛 she said. 金光佛论坛淥ne of the things I love about being a property lawyer is that you can see the tangible difference your work makes. When I pop out to get a sandwich, I quite often take a detour to see the buildings which we have helped to buy, sell or secure funding for.金光佛论坛

While looking forward to helping to shape more of Jersey金光佛论坛檚 architectural landscape, Hannah is also currently learning French 金光佛论坛 金光佛论坛淚金光佛论坛檝e made a few pronunciation faux pas since moving to the Island金光佛论坛 金光佛论坛 and to supporting the ongoing growth of Bedell Cristin金光佛论坛檚 property department.

金光佛论坛淲e金光佛论坛檝e put some great foundations in place over the past five years and I金光佛论坛檓 really looking forward to working with Jeff and the team to build the department further,金光佛论坛 she said. 金光佛论坛淚 also enjoy the friendly nature of the jurisdiction, and I love the fact that the job enables me to build relationships with clients and other lawyers in a way which shows the more human side of the legal profession.金光佛论坛

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