The Freeth Cartwright office in Manchester welcomed new Employment Partner, Alan Lewis in January. Here is a quick Q&A with Alan to get to know a little more about him.
Where did you study law?
At Manchester University.
Where were you before joining Freeth Cartwright?
Brabners, based at the Manchester office.
What sort of employment law do you carry out?
I act mainly for employers, being several SMEs and some much larger companies with thousands of employees.
Have you always worked in employment law?
No. Although I have practiced exclusively employment law for the last 17 years or so, before that I also advised on corporate and commercial law.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A professional trumpet player. I won a place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study trumpet playing. Had it not been for the fact that you can’t get an orchestral seat until the incumbent is good and ready to retire, I’d most likely have pursued that career.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Helping clients to surpass their expectations by assisting them to make changes or minimise risk in their businesses at a cost lower than they thought possible.
What’s the most exciting case/deal you have worked on?
Acting for bakers, Warburtons in the sale of 5 bakery companies/businesses to Lyndale Foods Ltd backed by HSBC Private Equity. This was back in 1996 and was a major deal in the North of England. I recall long hours working on this matter and a banquet to beat all banquets as part of the post deal celebration with all members of the selling team at the Yang Sing restaurant in Manchester.
What is one of your favourite success quotes?
“An inch of action is worth more than a mile of good intentions.”
Which book have you recently read that you would recommend to others?
“David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell.
How can we contact you?
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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