Louise Ryder is a Family Law Solicitor based in Pontefract
Louise joined Switalskis following the firm’s merger with Green Williamson and Moxons in August 2012. She is a family law specialist solicitor and qualified in 2003. She deals with all types of family law matters, including divorce, child contact and residence and domestic abuse.
Louise is accredited by Resolution as having specialist expertise in the areas of private law children matters and domestic violence.
We asked Louise:
Q: How long have you worked in the legal profession?
A: Since 2001
Q: When did you start at Switalskis?
A: Following the Merger between Moxons/ Green Williamson and Switalskis in July 2012
Q: What do you do in your role at Switalskis?
A: I offer proactive and constructive advice and assistance in relation to all aspects of family law, with a particular emphasis on children disputes and domestic violence.
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: Assisting clients at a time of need to achieve the most positive result for them and their families.
Q: What can clients expect from you?
A: A proactive, professional and friendly approach. Someone who is experienced, knowledgeable and provides full and frank advice.
Q: What do your clients like about you?
A: I am knowledgeable and approachable. Also, that I actively ‘fight their corner’ and go the extra mile for them.
Q: What is your specialist area of work?
A: Family Law – with a particular emphasis on private children law disputes and domestic violence.
Q: What drew you to your specialism?
A: The real opportunity to really help those at a time of need in resolving contentious issues.
Q: How long have you worked in your specialism?
A: Since 2003
Q: What did you want to do when you were a child?
A: A Doctor – but soon discovered I was too squeamish!
Q: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
A: Professionally: Winning three awards at the National Trainee Awards in London in 2003. Including; (the highest award) National Trainee Solicitor of the Year 2003; also Best Regional Trainee Solicitor (outside London) and Trainee Solicitor most likely to make a contribution to the Community. Beating off competition from trainee solicitors from all over the county including the top London ‘magic circle’ firms.Personally: My son
Q: What are your ambitions?
A: Professionally; to maintain and build upon my good professional reputation.Personally; to learn a new language and be able to speak more than ordering a coffee!
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Spending time with my family; travel (although more so before children!) Cooking and gardening.
Q: What is your favourite food?
A: Depends upon my mood, the season, the weather, where I am – but you can’t beat a good roast dinner or a curry.
Q: What is your favourite colour?
Q: Do you have any sporting interests? Which teams do you support?
A: I follow Liverpool FC, Team Europe in the Ryder Cup as well as many other sporting competitions that our national team participate in.
Q: Are you active in any organisations outside of work?
A: Local Parent /Toddler Group.
Q: Please list any other interests/favourite things – do you have a favourite book, band, singer or composer, work of art or place to visit, etc?
A: Having a child means that the time I have to spend outside work on my own interests has declined over recent years! However, I love reading (particularly Agatha Christie and the CJ Sansom Shardlake series), the theatre, history, going out for meals and socialising with friends.