Get to know our new President

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I like to think of myself as someone who’s deeply compassionate and empathetic, with a knack for problem-solving. My journey in the legal world spans over 30 years. My articles, and the first 26 years of my legal career, were served as a Local Government solicitor with Dorset Council. I advised a number of large public sector employers including Dorset Police and Dorset Fire Authority. I founded Pharaoh Law, Solicitors 7 years ago. I specialise in litigation and dispute resolution. What drives me is not only resolving legal complexities but also understanding the unique needs of each client and crafting tailored solutions. Additionally, I strongly advocate for the mediation process due to its significant advantages over traditional litigation. I am a registered Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council.

What is your favourite part about being a solicitor?
For me, it is resolving legal issues, but more than that, it is being provided with the opportunity to learn more about individuals and their own concerns and how to resolve them. Beyond the legal intricacies, I find immense satisfaction in delving into the nuances of each case and connecting with the individuals involved. Every client presents a unique set of circumstances, and being able to tailor solutions to their specific needs is where the true value lies. It’s about finding that perfect balance between legal expertise and personalised client care.

Do you have a favourite TV series?
I do. One series that stands out for me is “House”. While it falls within the medical drama genre, its distinguishing feature lies in its character depth and intricate storytelling. Hugh Laurie’s character is particularly compelling and witty, in his own unique way. He’s not particularly charismatic, per se, but I find the way his brain works particularly interesting. The show’s blend of medical mysteries and dark humour makes it stand out for me.

What would you consider your greatest achievement?
Personally, it would be raising my three children. I am immensely proud of the young adults they have become. Professionally, I’d say it’s founding Pharaoh Law. We have just celebrated our 7th birthday, and it’s been an incredible journey building it from the ground up. Witnessing its success and seeing it grow and thrive has been incredibly rewarding. Finally, I have to mention riding my motorcycle over the 2.2km Hardknott Pass between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in the Lake District on a wet day in February. It is known as the steepest and most dangerous road in England. I managed to get from one end of it to the other without putting a foot down within just four months of passing my test! That was the scariest journey of my life and has to be up there with my achievements.

What do you like most about living in Dorset?
Dorset offers a rich tapestry of natural beauty, which I find deeply enriching. You’ve got everything here, right on your doorstep: coastline, fields, forests and much more – the diversity of landscapes is truly remarkable. I find a lot of peace in the countryside and I love calling Dorset my home.

Answers by Lisa Pharaoh, President
Questions by Jess Harvey, Administrator

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