No two days are the same…whether I'm meeting a client to discuss an intellectual property or technology contract dispute, preparing for or attending court hearings or mediations, chairing a meeting of the parents' network, or catching up with contacts for lunch or drinks, but the variety is what I love most about my role.

Monica Connolly, Senior Associate

Morning routine

  • Drop my daughter at nursery
  • Get train into Glasgow office
  • Buy coffee and breakfast
  • Check emails and start on high priority items in task list
  • Have a client meeting to discuss their dispute

Afternoon routine

  • Have a business development lunch with a contact in the industry
  • Prepare for court action or mediation
  • Chair the parents' network meeting to provide support and drive forward policy change
  • Brief trainees over an afternoon coffee

Evening routine

  • Bath my daughter and read her a bedtime story
  • Go out for an evening run
  • Dinner with my husband
  • Read the latest book for my book group

Why did you choose to become a Litigation lawyer?

I love being a problem solver for my clients, and helping them resolve their disputes, whether that is through court action, negotiation, mediation or another form of dispute resolution. Complex litigations require strong organisational and project management skills, which are real strengths of mine.

Which of Brodies' five values resonates with you most and how do you incorporate it into your daily role?

Collaborate – it's impossible for me to do my job well, and to resolve disputes satisfactorily, without strong team work internally and working efficiently and effectively with our clients.

What three things can you not live without to do your job?

  • My collaborative and supportive team!
  • My to-do list, which is colour-coded (yes, honestly)
  • My work phone, as I'm often away from my desk in court or in meetings, so it's vital in allowing me to keep in touch with clients

What's your top tip for someone keen to pursue a similar career?

Be enthusiastic, as senior colleagues are much more likely to involve you in their cases if you show that you are interested in getting involved! Similarly, clients choose us for the service we provide, and it's important for them to see that you are enjoying it and giving it your all.

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