Troublemaker becomes Problemsolver
Former student, Andrew Wood gives us an insight to life as a Lawyer, maintaining family life whilst ironically dealing with the strenuous issues of family law.
Andrew Wood attended BVGS all the way through from year 7 to 6th form (1994-2001) and is now a Charted Legal executive at Enoch Evans LLP Solicitors and specialises in Family Law. We asked him what his typical working day looks like and responded, “There is no such thing as a typical day, my day can vary from being in the office dealing with paperwork to arguing a client’s case before a judge”. The unpredictable nature of his job, was just as unpredictable as him immersing himself in the field of Law as he looks back at his teenage years where he lingered between uncertainty and aspiring to become a professional footballer. He notes the most unusual aspect of his job as being strikingly dissimilar to the role portrayed on EastEnders, instead it is human-centric and rewarding Wood says the best thing about his choice of career is ‘helping people through a really tough time in their lives’.
Andrew Wood undoubtedly made the most out of his ‘Vesey experience’, with his favourite trip being skiing at Lake Tahoe, California, the annual skiing trip continues to take place at BVGS yet his funniest memory is much harder to select from as ‘there are so many that can’t really be repeated!’ amongst his funniest memories is; is locking a teacher out of the classroom who wasn’t tall enough to see through the glass panels in the door! It is not surprising that Andrew is still in contact with many of his friends throughout his time at BVGS, in fact his best man at his wedding was the first person he met at BVGS.
His hectic schedule is nothing like his perfectly, prearranged timetable at BVGS, meaning he no longer possess the time to read and watch TV as much but at school his favourite TV programme was This Life, ‘which oddly was about young lawyers and starred Andrew Lincoln of Walking Dead fame!’. Nevertheless, he adds that the worst thing about his job as ‘counting time’.
Andrew’s favourite school teacher was Mr Baugh, teaching him Design Technology which became his favourite subject and favourite department at school. The disparity between his career today and his favourite subject encompasses the unprecedented nature of the future, but for students at BVGS who would like to pursue a career in Law, he advises that they research the diverse types of law that can be practised, as ‘you will more than likely only specialise in one area’.