Thursday, April 1, 2010

ILN-terviews: John Verrall, Verralls Barristers and Solicitors

Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, John Verrall of Verralls Barristers and Solicitors in Gibraltar.

In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I would describe my practice as progressive, motivated, contemporary and inspired.

Who would be your typical client?
Typical client - probably either a young married couple purchasing a property or a commercial client.

What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That I am the fresh face of a new generation of talented lawyers who are responsive to client's needs and committed to the timely delivery of the highest standards of legal work based on ethical principles.

What has been your most challenging case? Why?
My most challenging case involved a widow and a trust fund left by her husband.  It was challenging because of the legal principles and issues it threw up, mixed with the vulnerability of her position as a mere potential beneficiary under the trust along with other beneficiaries from the husband's first marriage.

What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Opening my own law firm 10 years ago.

What do you do when you're not practicing law?
Sail, snow ski, gardening, gym, read, travel and dine out with friends.

What would surprise people most about you?
Not sure. You'd probably have to ask them!

What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Meeting the members. I particularly enjoyed the ILN conference in Prague.

What career would you have chosen if you weren't a lawyer?
Something to do with geography and environment.

If a movie were made out of your life, who would you want to play you?
George Clooney!

How would you like to be remembered?
As a fun, relaxed and easygoing, but caring person, who prided himself on the quality of his work and his problem-solving skills.

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