Meet Gemma Rowe, Chair, CILEx Devon Branch

Why did you join the Devon & Somerset Law Society?

As Chair of the Devon CILEx branch, it’s important that there is interaction between our local CILEx Branch and DASLS to enable us to provide feedback from our CILEx branch members and to bring together both groups of lawyers.


During 2018, I attended many of the main DASLS Committee meetings as an observer. I have really enjoyed attending those Committee meetings as it has been a great opportunity to find out how much work the DASLS Committee and Sub-Committees are involved in and to meet those Committee members and attend some of their socials events.


What is your dream job? 

A racing car driver!


What has been the most embarrassing moment during your professional career?

I passed out at the start of a scar revision surgery seminar after seeing images of scarring in the presence of several Consultants, two of whom I had wanted to meet in person as I was (and still am) instructing them regularly.  Despite working in the personal injury department and sitting down at the time, I apparently slid off my seat onto the floor. I was taken out of the room and asked not to return!


Which sort of work gives you the most job satisfaction?

I act for the injured party in the personal injury department at Ashfords Solicitors, seeking to recover compensation on their behalf. I am always thrilled when I have been able to achieve a good result for the client. Some of my clients have suffered severe accident related injuries, with their effects being lifelong. Whilst compensation is never going to put them physically in the position they were in prior to their accident, the purpose of the compensation is to enable them to have access to the private treatment and care they require and make sure they are financially secure by having funds that will cover all of their past and future financial loss needs. 


What gets you up in the morning?

My alarm clock… Unfortunately I am not really an early morning person. 


What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of work, I am Chair of the Devon CILEx branch. I meet and liaise with committee members regularly so as to ensure the smooth running of all our events and the branch in general.   


I also like to play the violin. I have been playing on and off since primary school. I am currently playing some classical and folk music.


What book are you reading at the moment?

I am not currently reading anything at the moment, but you can't beat a good chick flick of a book which makes me laugh. I like a book that I get so stuck into reading I literally can't put it down.


What are your favourite food / restaurant?

A roast dinner. I am also very keen on a medium to well-cooked steak with garlic butter and of course, chip shop fish and chips.


Where is your favourite holiday destination?

In 2015 I went to East Africa on Safari. It was the best holiday I have ever been on. I would definitely recommend it and would love to go to Africa again. I also really love Italy. The food is always amazing and there is always lots of beautiful Murano glass items to buy.


What is your favourite pet?  

A guinea pig.


Which famous person, dead or alive, would you most like to spend a day with?

Vanessa Mae - She is an amazing violinist. I would love to get some great playing tips from her and have an opportunity to play her electric violin.


Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

Over the last couple of years, I have attended short courses in baking, Italian cooking and cake decoration, although have not put all of my skills quite into action yet.  I also really like cars and would love to own a Ferrari….. Maybe one day.



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