In this instalment of My Life in Law, we get to know one of our brilliant PAs who works alongside our fee earners to ensure the firm runs smoothly and that we consistently deliver excellent client services.
Claire Walton tells us what it’s like to support Pannone Corporate’s lawyers on a day-to-day basis, her desire to feed the nation, and her love of Vespas!
What was your role prior to joining Pannone?
I joined in September 2021 and, prior to this, I trained as air cabin crew for six years – a total career change! I’ve also worked within the healthcare sector, business travel and events, and parcel and transport.
What is your role at Pannone?
I work within a small team of PAs to support Pannone’s litigation and dispute resolution team.
Why did you join Pannone?
I was searching for something completely different – wanting to learn something new and to step out of my comfort zone. Corporate law was completely off my radar, but I’d heard great things about Pannone and the people who worked there… it was a leap into the unknown, but a great leap!
What route did you go down, in terms of training and qualifications?
I didn’t have any experience working as a PA in law, so this sector was totally new to me. The majority of my experience has come from creative agencies, property development and sales – all skills that I’ve transferred over and are serving me well in the legal industry.
Why did you choose this route?
It chose me!
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
To be able to utilise what comes naturally to me – organisation, a bit of technical know-how and a good sense of people and customer service. It’s appreciated by my peers and that’s job satisfaction to me.
What does a typical day look like?
Every day is different. I’m an avid list writer, so it always starts with a to-do list but it inevitably all changes once I log on. A good mix of work comes my way, it can be researching, creating e-shots for our monthly social posts, creating e-bundles and finalising letters. I also regularly support with events, meetings, workshops and seminars, which I really enjoy, as it means I get to meet new people.
What are your career ambitions?
To grow my skill set and progress to a learning and development role, where I can support others within the team.
If you were managing partner for the day, what’s the first thing you would do?
What would you be doing if you didn’t work in law?
I’d have a food van and my partner and I would travel the country feeding the nation!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Tinkering with my 70’s Vespa style scooter and tootling around town. As you can probably guess from my food van dream, I also love cooking and eating.