Legal update: An audience with… Luke Dickinson

People are the essence of the Hazlewoods Legal Team and, in this series, we strive to get to know more about them. The next person in our series is Luke Dickinson, SRA Accounts Rules Specialist.

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

I enjoy speaking to clients all over the country. I especially like visiting them and meeting with them in person.

What would people never guess you do in your role? 

Whenever we have a new intake of trainees in our department, I will spend a couple of days training them and helping them with their first few days of working for Hazlewoods. 

Who has inspired you when it comes your approach to work? 

Andy Harris and Ian Johnson, who are Partners in our Legal team, have both inspired me when doing presentations, either with clients or internally. Presenting and training are particular areas of interest for me, so having these two amazing speakers has inspired me to do more training/presenting in front of clients and colleagues. 

What is the best career lesson you have learned so far? 

Always make time to speak to people, whether they are a client or colleague, getting to know people on a personal level always makes work life easier. 

What should clients be currently thinking?

Technology, whether it is new automation software or new accounting software, our clients should demand better products and should be prepared to take on new innovations.

How do you see the Legal team changing in the next 10 years?

I believe we will be providing a wider range of offerings, which will be in line with emerging technologies and related advice on them.

Can you share any insights regarding the current legal sector? 

Currently, the landscape for Legal software isn’t as bright as we hoped, however we believe several firms are looking to change this and hopefully offer the sector something more.

What is the best advice you can give to someone just starting out in their career? 

Make loads of friends, work shouldn’t be just where you go every day. You will on average spend 40-50 years of your life working so why not make it more enjoyable and make some friends along the way.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why? 

Jeremy Clarkson, putting aside the love of cars we clearly both have in common, I also love his articles. At home I must have at least 10 of his books, which have his last 20 or so years’ worth of articles. These, of course, include many rambles on cars but also on current affairs, of which he cleverly satires. 

What do you like doing in your spare time? 

I like to do track days and go karting. My friends and I often go for fuel filled weekends racing each other in anything with an engine.

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