Meet the Partners: Maxine Murray, Clinical Negligence Lawyer

Maxine Murray is a Partner specialising in all aspects of clinical negligence at GoodLaw Solicitors. In this Q&A, Maxine sits down with our marketing executive, Dannie Moore, to discuss her journey within Law and becoming a GoodLaw Partner.

Maxine Murray Meet the Partners

How did you get into law?

When I was in Year 9 at school, we did a mock criminal trial.  I was a member of the jury but found the whole process so interesting that I decided a career in law was for me. 

Fast forward a couple of years and I chose A-levels in subjects that I thought would be help me become a lawyer- law, politics and history.  Studying law at A-Level affirmed the decision made by 13 year old me and it quickly became my favourite subject. 

How did you qualify as a lawyer? What route did you take? 

After I finished my A-Levels, I studied a law degree at the University of Kent.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a solicitor or not, so decided to study a Masters Degree in medical law, which had been my favourite undergraduate subject.  I worked 3-days a week at a law firm as a paralegal, whilst completing my Masters.  I specialised in clinical negligence cases and absolutely loved it, which helped me make my decision to continue with my original plan to become a solicitor. 

I studied the Legal Practice Course at BPP on a part-time basis, whilst continuing to work and half-way through the course, I moved to a new firm, which specialised in clinical negligence, personal injury, particularly brain injury and maximum severity cases.  I absolutely loved working on the more complex cases and decided that was what I wanted for my career.

After I finished law school, I started my training contract, completing my training to be a solicitor in 2012.  

What brought you to GoodLaw? What do you value about working here?

I was recommended to GoodLaw by a friend and colleague who worked here.  I had left my previous firm when I went on maternity leave and was looking for a part-time role when I was planning on coming back to work.  

Being a smaller firm, I have had opportunities to do things that I wouldn’t at other firms- for example I have been able to become involved with the firm’s training programme and have been the firm’s trainee mentor for 4 years.  I love this role and being involved with the recruitment and training of all our trainee lawyers.  

What are the most valuable lessons you have learned? 

Manage people with kindness, compassion and understanding.   

Be accountable, take responsibility, stay confident, and always look at the bigger picture. 

How do you manage that work-life balance? 

Juggling a full-time busy job and family life can be difficult but I have found having a rule that I don’t work on Saturday or Sunday- ensuring I keep those days free for family time and fun things really helps.  Have a two-day clear break each week makes me able to approach each week refreshed and positive. 

What has been the best moment so far in your career? 

There are three things that stand out settling my first case, being told I had a training contract and being made partner. 

By Published On: May 9th, 2024Categories: Insights

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