Our spotlight on our solicitors series gives us the chance to shine a light on the talent of our legal professionals. With these interviews, we get to learn more about the people behind the expert legal advice. This time, we caught up with mum, triathlete and Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor, Jo Wilson.
What inspired you to begin practicing law?
‘I chose to pursue law because I was inspired by a family member who was studying it.’ says Jo. ‘Seeing their passion and dedication sparked my own interest in the field. I also found the complexities and challenges of the legal world captivating and saw the potential to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others.’
Has the legal industry lived up to your expectations?
‘The legal industry has actually exceeded my expectations! It’s refreshing to see that the legal industry has embraced innovative models of legal practice, with a shift towards greater flexibility and autonomy in legal careers. This has allowed me to have a fulfilling career that aligns with my values and aspirations outside of a traditional 9 to 5 office based role.’
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
‘The highlights are the consistent stream of small victories I have achieved for my clients.’ explained Jo. These incremental wins, whether through negotiations, arguments, or providing advice, are the things which have a real positive impact in the lives of my clients. These moments provide fulfilment and satisfaction in my professional journey.’
What’s the best piece of dispute resolution advice you’d give a business?
‘The best advice for any business facing a dispute is to prioritise effective communication and open dialogue. When conflicts arise, it’s crucial to listen actively, understand the concerns of all parties involved and attempt to seek a mutually acceptable solution.’ says Jo. ‘Another crucial piece of dispute resolution advice for businesses of all sizes is to consider alternative dispute resolution methods. Methods like mediation and arbitration can be less time-consuming, less costly, and more flexible than traditional court proceedings, allowing businesses to reach a resolution in a more amicable and efficient manner, saving both time and resources.’
Tell us about a prediction for your practice area in the future
‘One prediction for commercial dispute resolution in the future in an increased reliance on technology and online platforms.’ explains Jo. ‘Courts are already embracing more technology and as technology continues to advance, it will be interesting to see the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics into the dispute resolution process. There is a delicate line to tread between the need for further efficiency and cost saving through technology and the human side of having a dispute resolved in the traditional way where cases are fought, face-to-face, in front of a Judge who will determine the outcome.’
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
‘I have recently discovered a newfound passion for triathlon. The mix of swimming, cycling, and running is challenging and enjoyable at the same time. When I’m not training for triathlons, you’ll find me on the netball court. The fast pace, teamwork, and friendly competition make it an absolute blast. But amidst all the excitement, my family remains my top priority. My hobbies and interests keep me active, connected, and surrounded by the people who mean the world to me.’