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Mother and daughter trio - what it's like to work with relatives

At Fishers Solicitors we have three sets of mother/daughter relationships. As a family orientated and friendly firm, it’s no shock to us that we have family relationships within the office. Over the years families have worked together at Fishers, in the same department and in different departments. Some people say you should never mix business with pleasure, but our blog takes a deep dive into how a mother and her two daughters have made working together professional, successful and enjoyable.

 

 

Amanda Payne is a Commercial Director and Head of Residential Property at Fishers, who started working at Fishers in 2006.

 

Who started working at Fishers first?

I started first in September 2006.

 

How and why did your daughters join Fishers?

Natasha offered to help me out one summer on a temporary basis when we were short staffed in our team. Something very casual turned out to be the start of a new career in property in which she hasn’t looked back. Natasha has been training to become a Paralegal in the Residential Property Department.

 

Georgia being a student at Birmingham University has helped out over two summers the first of which is when we moved from the premises on Kilwardby Street to the Ivanhoe Business Park helping clearing out the old safes and sorting Deeds and Wills and arranging for them to be stored off site. This summer she has been back working with deeds, computerising the whole of our deeds records and has assisted in other areas of the property and marketing department too.

 

What is it like working with a family member?

I really enjoy it and see no issue in separating work life from outside of work. I get the same respect from them at work as any other employee. At the end of the day, we are all here for the same goal, to provide excellent service to our clients and to make sure our systems and processes are followed to assist in the success of the overall business. Also it’s nice to be able to make family memories.

 

What’s the best things about working with your family member?

It's the familiarity we have with one another and knowing their strengths - it can also be really fun. I have people around me who I can trust and things can take less time to explain as they already have some knowledge and understanding of what we do on a day to day basis as they have heard me discuss it many times at home. Not that I don’t trust my fellow Directors and other employees, but where family is involved, it takes it the next level.

 

What’s the worst thing about working with your family member?

I think it maybe sometimes hard for them not to tell me things that they come to know about for fear of me hearing negative things about someone or something. I also have to be extra careful that they are not treated any differently to other staff members and sometimes I may have gone too far the other way to avoid this possible perception by others.

 

Any advice for someone looking to work with a member of their family?

I would whole heartedly recommend it. Maybe one day my Grandson Joel, currently aged 11, could join us too! Making family memories whilst working has been for me an experience worth having.

 

Natasha Hall is a paralegal in our conveyancing department and daughter to Amanda.

 

What do you do at Fishers and when did you start?

I am a paralegal in the conveyancing department. I started at Fishers in summer 2017.

 

How/ why did your family member join Fishers?

My mum asked me to come in to help out with some typing and photocopying. Before I knew it I was learning all aspects of being a conveyancing secretary and I loved it!

 

What is it like working with a family member?

Great fun! I think it would be slightly different if I worked as my Mum’s Secretary but having her as the head of department is fantastic. As I have been training to become a Paralegal it is lovely being able to have so much help and guidance in and out of working hours. My Mum is an inspiration and someone who I have always looked up to and to see how hard she works just makes her even more amazing to me.

 

What’s the best things about working with your family member?

Feeling comfortable with anything and everything I need to ask. Also as we live a fair distance from each other it’s nice that I can still get to see and spend time with her during work.

 

What’s the worst thing about working with your family member?

It can be hard seeing how much pressure is put on my mum from time to time.

 

Any advice for someone looking to work with a member of their family?

Do it! I think some people may think it sounds a nightmare but to be honest it’s the best thing I have ever done and if I could achieve even 1% of what my mum has during her career at Fishers, I would be over the moon.

 

 

Georgia Payne works as admin support at Fishers whilst studying a degree. Georgia is daughter to Amanda and sister to Natasha. 

 

What do you do at Fishers and when did you start?

I first started at Fishers in summer 2019 after completing my A-levels, helping out around the office to help facilitate the move to the new office at Ivanhoe business park, I was clearing out the old deed and will safes for them to be stored off-site. I am now going into my third year at the University of Birmingham, and have returned to Fishers this summer to digitalise the paper deed records onto our system to keep up with the digital age!

 

I have also been helping in the marketing department looking at ways to boost Fishers’ reach and contacts, as marketing is an area I’m interested in post-university.

 

Who started working at Fishers first?

My Mum (Amanda Payne) started first, she started at Fishers when I was 5! My older sister Natasha started in 2017.

 

How and why did your family member join Fishers?

My Mum moved to Fishers to work closer to home, having previously been commuting from Nottingham to Leeds every day.

 

What is it like working with a family member?

I love it. It’s nice to see familiar faces around especially when I first started. I like that we treat each other the same as any other colleagues while in the office.

 

What’s the best things about working with your family member?

Since moving out for university, spending my summer working around my Mum and Sister allows me to spend time with them and not feel too out of touch since moving away. It’s also fun to have them around - we all get on really well.

 

What’s the worst thing about working with your family member?

Keeping work talk at work and not continuing those discussions at home when work shouldn’t be on your mind!

 

Any advice for someone looking to work with a member of their family?

As long as you get along with them at home and can separate work from home life, do it!

 

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