THE (NOT SO) LONELY LITIGATOR’S CLUB 25: CLAIRE GREEN: THE COST LAWYER’S TALE (OR TWO TAILS IN FACT)
Our club is going to need a costs lawyer or two. So for our first costs lawyer member I went straight to the top. Claire Green is currently Chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers ( ACL) as well as being an accredited Mediator and Trainer. By her own admission , she is a ‘technophobe’, but despite this she played a role in Precedent S an ACL electronic Bill development. Claire appears to be breaking one of the golden rules of show business and is, in fact, working with animals…
Where are you working from now?
At this moment, the back patio at home. The weather is glorious – so why not take the office outside? In my case, that means I get the wise ‘counsel’ of Marley ( the horse) and Lando ( the boxer).
2. What has been most difficult about working remotely?
The office staff! One says it’s horse work , the other grumbles he’s a ‘dogsbody’ ! My husband ( same profession) claims these are his titles and he’s not been furloughed! On a serious note, as an independent Costs Lawyer, working remotely has been the normal for many years.
What has been your biggest technical challenge?
If I can cite a difficulty, it’s connectivity – the internet ‘Super Highway’ remains cobbled here ( we don’t have fibre, etc!) . This has been our biggest challenge, but , having addressed this over the years, we have a number of gizmos and gadgets to overcome this which mean that we are able to take electronic files, work cross jurisdictionally, and deliver training utilising Microsoft Teams and Zoom ( amongst other less known).
Is there anything (work wise) that you wish you had with you?
Not really. Over the years, we have acquired everything we need and if we need to bounce ideas off people, we are fortunate to have the incredible network support of friends and colleagues, who are happy to ‘shoot the breeze’ on any thorny or technical issue.
What has been the most helpful thing you’ve learned?
Realisation that there is a developing change in attitude, in my opinion, long over due, in respect of solicitors and their staff, Judges and advocates, and the one we still need to see, a change in solicitors and their clients- but this will only be achievable when perception of solicitors by clients changes.
Do you think this is going to change the way you work in the future?
Personally , no, but I can see it will as the enforced change will lead to lots of practitioners realising that there is change to be had, which will enhance their family lives. In my opinion, that is all good as it will lead to healthier work/ life balances for them.
What is the first thing you are going to do when you are out of lockdown?
If possible, visit our daughter ( a Manx Advocate) who is expecting our first grand child ( son) in late September. Otherwise, head to our local pub for a drink with our friends who we have only seen via video calls since the start of the lock down, socially distanced, of course!