Char­tered Le­gal Executive, res­o­lu­tion mem­ber and owner of Gill­banks Fam­ily Law

VANESSA GILL­BANKS FCILEx

EADT Suffolk - - Women In Business -

Di­vorce, Sep­a­ra­tion, Chil­dren, Fi­nan­cial, fam­ily law spe­cial­ist with over 28 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in Fam­ily Law is­sues. How did you choose your cur­rent ca­reer? I never set out to be a lawyer. I went with my dad to see a solic­i­tor when he went to sign pa­pers. I sud­denly had an in­ter­est and started to ask lots of ques­tions of the solic­i­tor about what his job en­tailed what he had to do to get there. My in­ter­est in law be­gan and that day changed the course and di­rec­tion of my life and my stud­ies. In your work­ing life­time, how do you per­ceive things have changed for women? When I first started work­ing and train­ing as a lawyer there were def­i­nitely more men in fee earn­ing/lawyer roles than there were women. Over time this has changed and in some ar­eas of law there are now more qual­i­fied women lawyers than there are men lawyers. Who in­spires you most, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally? All my chil­dren, but es­pe­cially my son who has been born with dis­abil­i­ties. His at­ti­tude and ap­proach to life and his dif­fi­cul­ties is tremen­dous I wish I could bot­tle his ap­proach and give to oth­ers. East Bergholt Suf­folk Tel 01206 299282 vanessa@gill­banks­fam­i­ly­law.com www.gill­banks­fam­i­ly­law.com

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