Find out more about David Berridge – Family Law Partner at Bray & Bray, based at our head office in Leicester city centre.
Q: How long have you been working in family law?
A: I qualified into general law, which included family law, in 1990 but started doing 100% family law cases since 1994.
Q: What made you want to get into family law?
A: I found it the most interesting area of law after practising in an assortment of different areas. I like the variety of work in family law and how there’s a mixture of advocacy and preparation work, so that I’m not either in court all of the time or sat at my desk all of the time. I also really like the way that family law changes. For example when I qualified 25 years ago, I would never have thought that I would be acting for clients in same sex divorces – family law changes with society.
Q: What is the most challenging type of case you have handled and won?
A: The most challenging cases I have are probably custody cases; especially those that involve a parent seeking to remove a child from a country. As you can imagine there are lots of custody battles where parents can see a child for a few days a week on a regular basis, but taking a child abroad – in my experience even as far as Australia – is completely different. Parents can go from seeing their child once a week to once a year. In my opinion these cases are the ones that make the biggest difference to people, even more than cases involving large amounts of money.
Q: What types of family law cases do you have most experience in?
A: Divorce, children cases and financial issues.
Q: Why do you think so many people come to Bray & Bray to sort family law issues out?
A: Because of Bray & Bray’s excellent reputation. We’re a long standing, local firm and have been here since 1893. It’s also because of the standards we hold – there are a large number of established clients who use our services consistently over the years for all aspects of the law. To say ‘You are my solicitors’ for everything is unusual these days, but a lot of our clients will use us (and only us) for all of their legal matters.
Q: What do you do to unwind after a busy day?
A: I love sport and whilst I don’t play as much these days, I still enjoy watching all types of sport. I also like discovering new places and going on walks with my wife and Dexter our Pug.
Q: What is the key to your success?
A: Giving sensible proactive advice; getting on with the job and achieving the best possible outcome for my clients. I’m always mindful that the cost of a case can be a concern for clients, so whilst offering a sympathetic approach, I will always remain professional in the way that I aim to bring matters to as early and as successful an outcome as possible.
Q: If you weren’t a solicitor, what do you think you would be good at?
A: I used to lecture part time at the Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth College in Leicester and really enjoyed it. I loved studying law at University and if I wasn’t a practising solicitor, I would enjoy once again teaching it to others.
Bray & Bray have three main offices across Leicestershire, feel free to phone or pop in to talk to our family law solicitors.