Meet our Team
The people behind the legalese
Here at SLHQ we thought it would be great to put our team under the spotlight and give you a little insight into the minds behind the magic. From questions relating to experience and ambitions to ‘if you could have any superpower, what would it be?’, we hope you’ll get to know us and our weird and wonderful personalities, just a little bit better.
Alice Stephenson, Director
Q. What are your top three life highlights?
“It’s got to be my three children (Lydia, 18, Adam, 8 and Bertie, 2). Whilst they all have their moments of driving me around the bend, they’re my reason for getting up in the morning and working as hard as I do. They make me laugh when I’m feeling sad and feel loved when I’m feeling lonely. It can be difficult juggling work with family time, but I’m trying to be the best role model I can be and show them that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to.”
Q. What did you want to be when growing up?
“I think I’m still figuring this one out. I wanted to be a doctor for a while, but then I did some work experience in a hospital and that completely put me off! Before that I wanted to be a horse-riding instructor and at one point I wanted to be in the army. That was a terrible idea; I do not like being told what to do!”
Q. If you were a chocolate bar, what would you be?
“I’d be a slab of Green & Blacks dark chocolate. Probably because that’s my favourite chocolate, but also because I consider myself to be pretty straightforward. I say things as I see them, and I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not.”
Charlotte Holgate, Solicitor
Q. If you got given a cheque for £50,000 what would you do with it?
“I’d probably have a big shopping spree at John Lewis for furniture for my house and do some more renovations. I’d also get some professional painters in rather than the make-shift DIY that we’ve done over the past year or so. Lastly, I would love to treat myself and my family to a nice holiday in the Seychelles.”
Q. What are the values that drive you?
“I would have to say integrity. I always try to make sure that everything I do is honest and open and the best of what I can possibly achieve in the circumstances. Secondly, kindness. I try to be kind to everybody and remember that when I’m having a bad day, other people may also be having a bad day. Being mindful of others and thinking about the bigger picture in both a professional and a personal context can go a long way. Lastly, I would say commitment – not giving up when things get difficult and ensuring that I’ve given everything a real go before I decide to take an alternative route. This can be difficult for our generation when life moves quickly, and a lot of things are ‘disposable’.”
Q. If you weren’t a solicitor, what would you be doing?
“When I was younger, I loved art and I thought I would end up doing something creative – I’m not sure I’d be any good at it now, but I’d love to be an interior designer… I’d probably be useless, but I’ve loved doing work to my house and I think it would be fun! A more realistic answer is a role that involves working closely with people, such as HR. I enjoy getting to know colleagues and like the idea of supporting the employees of a business.”
Rebecca Abercrombie, Trainee Solicitor
Q. What is an average day in the office like for you?
“I usually get in at around 8:50am after a rather packed bus journey, get my computer up and running, grab a coffee (… of course) and then figure out what I have on for the day and prioritise my tasks. I always eat my lunch ridiculously early and at some point, I usually get the mick taken out of me by my colleagues for using a slang word (or five). My job mainly involves reviewing commercial contracts, drafting variations in respect of GDPR, helping clients with intellectual property matters and assisting with corporate transactions. I’m also heavily involved in the firm’s marketing, so my creative flare does show itself too.”
Q. What are your interests outside of work?
“I’m really interested in high-end street fashion. You’ll invariably find me trawling through images from fashion week and figuring out how to style my own wardrobe. I’m not really sure how I got into it, but it’s definitely my biggest interest. It’s also great that the firm is so relaxed, and we get to wear what we want the majority of the time – I get to express myself at work every day through what I wear which is fantastic.”
Q. What are your three most overused words/phrases?
“That’s a tricky one – like I’ve just said, the team invariably question my use of English slang so I have quite a few. I’d probably say that I often replace the word ‘good’ with ‘sick’ and ‘time-consuming’ with ‘long’. If you ask my colleagues, saying these words just once is overusing them so I’ll go with that.”
Laura French, Practice Manager
Q. What is a day in the life of Laura French like?
“Busy! After travelling across Bristol to get to town, I’m usually in the office just before 9. I always have a to do list – Trello is my life saver – but it can be difficult to stick to as I’m always needed by my colleagues throughout the day. Organisation is key. I like to think I’m good at it but we all know that the real organisation queen here is Charlotte! My to do list is full of tasks of all different natures, from HR to admin and social media marketing. I love my job because I pick up a variety of tasks throughout the day and learn new things along the way.”
Q. If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you call it?
“This is definitely the hardest question! I thought about this question a lot and even asked my colleagues and partner what they’d call a book about me – I won’t tell you their answers! The phrase I live by (and my new novel title) is ‘fake it till you make it’. I’ve always been quiet and had low self confidence in myself and my ability – yet the roles that I’ve worked in within the last 5 years have expected me to manage others, as well as myself and deal with tricky situations. This has encouraged me to succumb to my fears and I’ve had to fake my confidence to get me through certain situations – and it worked!”
Q. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
“Without a doubt to be able to freeze time so that I could get more done while the rest of the world has come to a halt. I always feel there aren’t enough hours in my day to get everything done – that’s probably why I love the weekend so much so I can take time to chill and focus on tasks outside of work.”