Persistence pays off — meet Inverness partner Victoria Leslie

She’s known to our clients and contacts as a Law Society of Scotland-accredited specialist in personal injury law with an impressive track record in the sheriff courts and the Court of Session. But what attracted Inverness partner Victoria Leslie to law in the first place?

In the latest of our team profiles, we catch up with her to find out more.

Why law?

I’m an Agatha Christie fan and I read all her books as a teen. I knew I wanted to do something with the law and did also consider a career in the police, ideally as a detective. Unfortunately, feedback from a careers adviser at school put me off applying to study law at university, and I got a space at the University of Strathclyde to study history and politics instead.

One week in, I knew it wasn’t the course for me, and because I had the grades to study law, I knocked on the door of the law school to see if I could join. They liked how keen I was, but there wasn’t a space, so they told me to come back next year.

Then, a few days later, I had a phone call to say someone had dropped out of the course and I could start immediately. I’ll never forget how delighted I was when I got the call.

What do you like best about your job?

The same things that appealed to me when I was starting out still do. I like meeting new clients, learning their story and what issues they have. I like starting with a blank canvas — much like Miss Marple when she receives a letter with a new case to solve.

And the best part, of course, is when I can reach a resolution that they’re pleased with within a reasonable time, and at a reasonable cost.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Working full time and having two boys at primary school who enjoy judo, swimming, shinty and football, I don’t get much chance for hobbies. If I can manage it, I cycle at the weekend and I recently enrolled in an online training course for a make-up artist diploma. Purely for my own benefit, and, no-one need worry, I won’t be practising on anyone else!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Naturally this comes from my mum. She gives me great advice (whether I ask for it or not!) “Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.”

Not sure I always follow the first part, but I’m working on it!

Posted, 07 February 2019

Mike Cunningham

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