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Meet our new Solicitor - Jonathan peck

Jon re-joins Fishers as a Dispute Resolution Solicitor, after leaving the firm a few years ago due to a long commute. Since flexible and home working came into play, Jon was delighted to 'come back home.'

Find out more about Jon and what he will be doing at Fishers.

 

What will you be doing at Fishers?

I am a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department.  I deal with all aspects of civil and employment law.

 

What has your past work experience been?

I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and originally worked as a personal injury litigator. I decided to move away from personal injury into more general civil litigation to get a wider variety of work and experience.

 

Why have you decided to come back to Fishers?

When I left Fishers in 2019 it was because of the length of my commute. I was sad to leave as I had loved working with the team and made some great friends.

 

Since the pandemic the world has changed and working from home is easier than it has ever been.  When Fishers asked me if I wanted to come back with a mix of home and office based work I jumped at the chance to come home.

 

What litigation work do you like the most?

Every case is different and in my area of law there is always something new to get to grips with. I find contentious probate very interesting and also enjoy dealing with company/shareholder disputes.

 

Have you worked on any high profile cases in your career?

I have worked on multi million pound high court disputes and several difficult Inheritance Act claims.

 

I was once instructed by a Japanese firm who needed an urgent injunction to prevent hundreds of thousands of pounds in antiques being removed from their UK warehouse. The client flew into the UK on Monday and by Thursday morning we were at the High Court in London and got the injunction they needed.

 

Civil litigation is often not about high profile cases, it is more usually about giving people and companies advice which helps them to quickly and cost effectively resolve their issue without ever getting to court.

 

How do you usually spend your weekends?

I am a long suffering Stoke City fan and go to games with my eldest son. Otherwise weekends are spent walking the dog with my family and catching up with friends and family.

 

Do you have any interesting facts about yourself?

I went to the West Indies in 2005 to follow the England Cricket team with the Barmy Army. Somebody found a trumpet in a taxi in Barbados and took it to the next test match in Antigua. I confessed that I had played trumped as a child and for a couple of days became the first unofficial Barmy Army trumpeter.

 

The rightful owner of the instrument claimed it eventually and showed the crowd how it should be played.  He went on to tour the world with the Barmy Army, but I was the first.

 

What trends do you see coming to the legal world in the next few years?

I think the introduction of fixed costs into more areas of civil litigation will have an impact. It will cut out excessive fees which is good news for clients, but I think it may encourage more court proceedings to be issued. We shall have to wait and see on that.

 

More and more people are acting in their own cases and not instructing solicitors, especially in small claims. I think that will continue to be the case, but my view is that it is always a good idea to get at least preliminary advice before you begin a claim – even if you then pursue the claim on your own. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your position at an early stage, as well as understanding the process, can be the key to success.

 

How do you work around Covid, how has it affected you?

In the first lockdown I transferred all client meetings to Zoom and telephone. At first I was sceptical but I find it really works for clients, as it is so flexible.  When things started to open up I continued to use Zoom and telephone where possible for that reason.

 

The change in working patterns means I get to spend more time with my family, as I don’t have to commute every day – which is a real bonus.

 

What are you most looking forward to in 2022 inside and outside of work?

Inside work I want to continue to help build the Dispute Resolution Department and our range of clients.

 

Outside work I would love to have a holiday in the sun, as it has been a while – fingers crossed.

 

How have you found working with Fishers so far?

It’s been great to come back to Fishers and see so many familiar faces, as well as meeting people who joined after I left.  It’s a great place to work and I am delighted I had the opportunity to come back.

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