We are thrilled to announce that Dominic Wisdom has joined the Family and Divorce team from a well-known Legal 500 law firm based in Oxfordshire. To find out a bit more about Dominic, we asked our resident reporter to ask him a few questions…
Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer are you?
I was an argumentative so-and-so when I was younger. Some of that was probably just me being a teenager, but I actually enjoy analysing and unpicking arguments; working out why one argument was better than another. That annoys my wife immensely but it explains why the law was always a draw.
And, this bit is a bit cheesy, but when I was growing up I thought I wanted to be part of a profession that allowed me to help people and keep me challenged at the same time. Family law has given me that.
What would you say is your career high?
This job is all to do with the people you work both for and with. Training good people and seeing them develop into great lawyers has been immensely satisfying. There have been some testing, complex cases that have needed perseverance to get the right result. More recently I received some very touching good luck messages from former colleagues and clients before starting at Blaser Mills, which has reminded me why this job is a bit special.
Why should you be my lawyer? Why should I contact you and not someone else?
I think success for my clients stems from two things. Firstly, by adopting a constructive approach wherever possible. The job here is to get from point A to point B, so let’s not mess around. Let’s work together, planning how we can get to point B in a way that works best for the person which matters most, the client.
The second rule is to be clear. Legal jargon should be avoided unless it’s helpful. In which case it should be explained. I ensure that my clients always understand why we are doing one option rather than another. That clarity must extend to how we work together as lawyer and client. That means honest telephone calls and genuine conversations about how we can work best for you. I think a lot of people think lawyers aren’t genuine and I hope I show them otherwise.
Tell us something about Blaser Mills…
Well I haven’t been here long, but so far I can tell the people who work here care about what they do, are friendly and are good at inviting new people into the fold. I can also tell we have a great family law team.
Above all, I’ve come to realise that the firm as a whole eat a gargantuan amount of cake!
What job would you do if you hadn’t become a lawyer?
Being a pilot always sounded good and I have done some flying. I briefly thought about teaching, journalism and advertising as well but the law won out in the end.
What do you do in your spare time?
Weekends are for shorts and being outside. That means a country walk, going to watch some sport or ruining that walk with a game of golf. One thing I notice about all these activities is that they typically end in a pub setting. All of these things involve friends and family.
Otherwise, planning my next adventure is always high on the cards – previous trips to South America and South East Asia have been my highlights so far.