Robert Petrie

Paralegal

Robert is a versatile paralegal who assists the senior team in the day-to-day running of cases, drafting documents, research and preparation for court.  Although specialising in family law, he also brings good experience of property and commercial law, enabling him to advise on the financial element of cases. Very organised, personable and conscientious, he processes cases efficiently without losing the ‘human touch’.  Known for being a good listener and empathic, he has an aptitude for dealing with the client care process sensitively.  Using strong interpersonal skills to put clients at ease, build rapport to ascertain their needs he guides them through the legal process. Robert enjoys using his natural analytical abilities to undertake legal research and case management plus has a genuine interest in the detail of the law and using it to resolve client issues.

Previous experience includes working at the Newcastle Law Centre, dealing with vulnerable individuals from diverse cultures and often with English as a second language. He is adept at explaining complex legal jargon in easy-to-understand terms, as well as helping to produce podcasts for the public to access online, which explained a variety of legal issues.

During his time at university he founded the student section of the Centre for Evidence & Justice Studies, which encourages the exchange of ideas between academics, legal practitioners, police and the justice system.  It also gave him a good insight in human rights issues.

Robert holds a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE and Legal Practice course, receiving a commendation in both.  At university he became President of the history society and is a member of LAGLA in the North East.  He loves to travel and in 2017 took an extended break to explore Norway. Alongside outdoor pursuits, yoga and walking his beagle, Robert is an avid reader of history books.

LIKES: Yoga

DISLIKES: Legal Jargon

IS: Walking my Beagle, Sam

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