Venisha Shah - The Law House Family Law Solicitors, London & Peterborough

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If you could give your 20 year old self one piece of advice what would it be?

Don’t give a s***. It’s never as bad as you think

If you could change your name what would it be and why?

Jemima Puddleduck. What a great name!

You have a 1 minute ad slot during the FA Cup Final, what would you fill it with?

An advert for The Law House and then wait for the phones to start ringing!

If you had to live without one, would you choose internet or AC and heating?

Internet – you can wrap up and unwrap down but no rubbing of two sticks will create the internet.

My most annoying habit is?

I never annoy myself so technically, I have none!

I am a family law solicitor and the managing director of The Law House.

I specialise in family law and have done so since 1991. Despite the years of experience, I am constantly surprised with the strength and resilience shown by my clients when dealing with often traumatic and difficult issues in their personal lives. A good family lawyer needs to have empathy but also strength of character to be firm and frank when necessary. I would describe my approach as firm and direct, yet approachable and sensitive. I believe in going the extra mile for clients. I believe the key to working well with clients is to be available and have a good sense of humour.

In my role as managing director of the firm, I wear many hats. At The Law House, we take pride in creating a great environment for our team and really believe that happy people will provide an excellent service to clients. Equally, we try to disrupt the image people have of lawyers and it is our policy to be welcoming, flexible and informal in our client dealings. We speak and write in plain English. The world around is constantly and rapidly changing – today’s clients have different expectations to even 5 years ago and it is our role to make sure we move forward with our clients.