Marion Norrie (the first female solicitor to become a circuit judge)
I am a specialist civil and commercial litigation Solicitor based in the Bath office. I have been a Solicitor for 30 years.
I spent 10 years at the firm now known as DLA Piper. After returning to work following extended maternity leave and a move to Gloucestershire, I worked in a small but long-established firm in Stroud where I did both commercial litigation and non-contentious commercial work. It was varied and even included my personally dealing with a 4-day arbitration in San Francisco under the rules of the AAA.
In 2009 I set up my own firm in Stroud in 2009, where I largely dealt with civil litigation and company and commercial matters with some employment law. My business partner and I grew the firm over 5 years to the point where it attracted the attention of a top 200 firm in Cheltenham and we sold it to them to take it forward. I have worked for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, so am well versed in our regulations and best
Importantly I feel is that over the years I have seen the misery and expense that litigation causes people, so in 2000 1 qualified as a mediator with the regent School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, now The Regent's University. It taught facilitative mediation. The approach is to help people understand what is important for them in any dispute, and understand what might be important for their opponent, so to be in a position to explore the possibility of common ground with the aim of achieving satisfaction for both sides and ultimately resolution. Accordingly, whilst I am perfectly able for battle where unavoidable, I approach litigation with those skills and that ethos.
After such a long career, my experience is wide in all areas of contract and tort. I have a particular interest dealing with technical and commercial cases as I am interested in how things work I also have done many disputed Trusts, Wills and Probate cases.
My concern is for my clients and I work hard with them to help them.
Outside work I am a trustee of the Catholic Diocese of Clifton where I chair the Risk Committee and am now on the Academisation committee to improve the already good education that our Diocesan schools offer across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Avon and Somerset. I have been involved in the improvement of support for the students of Bristol University and UWE and to that end have undertaken some training in Mental Health Support, so as to understand more fully the issues involved.
I do pro bono work with the students of the University of Gloucester to introduce them to mediation.