Interview with Penny Scott, Chair of the Family Law Committee of The Law Society

What made you want to serve on The Law Society Family Law Committee?penny-scott-phoeo-by-nickhook 

 

I was impressed by The Law Society’s campaigning over Legal Aid and felt this was an area in which they really stood up for lawyers such as me, working in a strongly Legal Aid practice. I looked at the kind of work done by the Family Law Committee and saw that it was very interesting; I thought it would be stimulating, and it is.

What are the key concerns you have at the moment for the legal profession in the South West?


They are the same concerns as I have about the national picture: people not having access to justice because of the assault on Legal Aid; chaos in the court system; the unknown impact of Brexit. I know for many firms in the South West there will be a direct impact from Brexit; but for all of us, the threat of recession and increased poverty accompanied by its familiar problems is alarming.

 

What is your dream job?

 

If I had not been a lawyer, I’d have enjoyed being a psychiatrist or a private detective – I’m very curious (or nosy) about people. If I was embarking on a new career now, I’d be a gardener or a chef.

Which sort of work gives you the most job satisfaction?

 

I’m motivated by fairness. My job gives me the opportunity to try to achieve a bit more of it.

 

What gets you up in the morning?

 

Optimism.

What do you do in your spare time?

 

Gardening, food, reading, films, travel, learning Italian, swimming, my family.

I’m very interested in language, generally.
 
What book are you reading at the moment?


Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything

Before that, Elmore Leonard – Gold Coast

Next, I will be reading Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments.

 

What is the most recent film you have seen?

 

Amazing Grace – a documentary about Aretha Franklin

In the Loop – (again; it never gets stale)
 
What are your favourite food / restaurant?

 

I honestly love food and am happy to go anywhere at all.

The Hourglass is a great pub in Exeter; I also like the Dinosaur Cafe

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

 

Italy

New York

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