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Five minutes with...Leroy Bradley

In October Litigation and licensing partner Leroy Bradley will celebrate 25 years at Gullands.  Here he reflects on this time.

When did you join Gullands?

I joined Gullands in October 1985.  I left Maidstone Grammer School on the Friday, started work on the Monday and went to college studying the first part of the ILEX Examinations on the Tuesday!

Can you remember your very first case?

I regularly used to attend Court as the Solicitor’s Representative to sit with Counsel – these were often Family and Criminal cases and the first case I really remember was a Defendant who had been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and assault.  Part of his Defence very eloquently put by Counsel was that that the alleged “offensive weapon” was not an extendable cosh but in fact a hanging handle found from a London tube train – you probably remember the type, a flexible metal tube hanging from the ceiling with a ball on the end which had some “give” in it as the train moved.  He was found guilty!

What has been your most memorable moment in your career?

My most memorable moments have been qualifying as a Solicitor in 1993 and then joining the Partnership in 2000.

And your most embarrassing?

In my very early days I was asked to do some research on a couple of different points.  During the course of sitting in my then principal’s office I made a note that I was to “flag it on finance”.  Having spent a long time in the library trying to find the finance section within a particular series of books I had to return to my boss “cap in hand” to say I could not locate the relevant section so could not “flag it on finance” and was only able to take in the other research at which point he pointed out to me that he was looking for a book called “Flaggett on Finance”, the author being Flaggett!

What has been the biggest change you have seen over the past 25 years?

There have been so many changes over the past 25 years it is difficult to pinpoint just one.  Changes to the old Legal Aid system including taking general personal injuries case out of the qualifying areas, and the introduction of Conditional Fee Agreements, more popularly known as “no win no fee”, the shake-up of licensing laws in 2005 as well as the introduction of a whole new set of court rules – “The Civil Procedure Rules” – immediately come to mind.

What would you be doing now if you hadn’t chosen a career in the law?

Almost certainly I would have ended up working in a bank as I had been offered two jobs in banks shortly after starting work at Gullands..

I may have become a full time musician having played in a couple of bands since the mid eighties. There was a time in the eighties when we could have gone professional but we decided against this.  I have played in two bands Rockin Rocket 88 and Jump Cat Jump and have recorded five albums, a single, an EP and have appeared on various compilation albums. We have appeared on the TV, been played on many radio stations and gigged all over including Europe & USA.

Rockin Rocket 88’s most recent CD came out on Western Star Records in July last year and is called “Country” and is available from their website and in most good stores/online. That and some of our other recordings are available for download on i-tunes.