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INSIGHT: Manchester Evening News – A Coffee With: Joanne Ormston, Pearson Solicitors

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The partner and practice manager says a sharp suit and a skinny latte keep her on top of her game

What is your business motto?

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re the best at it. Having a forward-thinking approach is the only way to stay ahead of the competition.

How do you make contacts which are useful for business?

Networking is a big part of being successful in legal circles. Fortunately there are lots of ways to make new contacts in this industry. I attend Lexcel courses - a compliance forum for the Law Society, and legal conferences. These all provide insights into how people operate in other law firms.

What makes your business different?

We have a modern approach, which makes us stand-out from traditional high street firms. Our brand looks very different and having non-lawyer partners gives us a broad perspective and a fresh appeal, which, mixed with the traditional expertise we provide, continues to attract top fee-earners from city firms.

What do you always have with you?

I am never without my phone for calls, appointments and constant email access. It’s all part of the job!

Do you dress up or down for business?

You’ve got to project a professional image, so I always dress up at work, even when not dealing with clients, as it’s important to make an effort and set a good example.

Which individual has inspired you most in your business life and in what way?

Karen Brady has been a long-term inspirational figure. From becoming MD of a football club at 23 in a male-orientated environment to acting as an adviser on The Apprentice, she is the voice of logic and brings a fresh approach to solving problems.

What is your proudest achievement in business?

Becoming partner at Pearson in 2013 was a very proud moment for me. I was also the first female partner and the first non-fee-earning partner, so it was a bit of a landmark moment for both me and the company.

Do you use social media and if so, with how much success?

I don’t use any, except for LinkedIn occasionally. As well as it being a drain on time, I don’t like the invasive nature of Facebook and can’t think why anyone would like to follow me on Twitter. LinkedIn makes much more sense for my line of work and I do need to use it more.

If you had not gone down your chosen career path, what would you be doing?

I would have joined the police. I enjoyed studying psychology at A-level and was quite good at it, so psychological profiling on detective cases would have been fascinating.

Tell us one tip for a successful business.

Understand your work environment from the ground-up. Always get to grips with the basics and listen to people, as they know their job better than you do and can spark ideas for improvement.

At what time of day are you most creative or inspired?

Mid-morning, coffee in hand.

When do you take your coffee break?

About 11am.

Americano, latte, cappuccino – what’s your coffee break favourite?

A skinny latte for me!


Joanne is partner and practice manager of Pearsons Solicitors in Oldham.

With a heritage dating back to the 1870s, the firm offers a range of legal and financial services and also has offices in Hollinwood and Ashton.

Its aim is to provide practical, professional and supportive legal advice to clients, including corporate and commercial, employment, property, litigation and debt recovery services.

13 - Jul - 15 by Emma Curry - Manchester Evening News

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