Work Life - Stuart Hutton

Name: Stuart Hutton
Firm: Hutton’s
Title: Senior Partner
Lives: Vale of Glamorgan
The King’s School, Gloucester
The College of Law, Guildford, Surrey and Lancaster Gate London
Work history:
Articled Clerk (Trainee Solicitor) Ingledew & Sons, Cardiff
Assistant Solicitor 1975, Partner 1976 Edwards, Geldard & Shepherd (now Geldards)
1986 Established Hutton’s
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A vicar or a film maker or a politician.
What is your favourite film?
There are so many favourites but the one I enjoyed the most when I first saw it was The Wizard of Oz.
Why did you become a solicitor?
I have a really strong sense of justice and saw the law as an obvious means of helping people troubled by the anxieties of life.
Why did you become a solicitor rather than a barrister?
Solicitors have direct access to clients and can spend time getting to know their clients and their problems in a meaningful way; this has given me a better insight and taught me so much about myself: it was this that tipped me away from wanting to be a barrister.
What is the best thing about your job?
The opportunity to meet and help people from all walks of life: there is more that unites people than there are differences. A common theme is that everyone wants to be wanted and liked.
What is the longest you have worked without sleep?
I remember some while ago when I was on 24 hour call as a duty solicitor I had no sleep at all as it was just so busy. It was horrible and not something to repeat.
What do you hate most about people?
Hate is too strong a word: I have no admiration of people’s lack of tolerance, self-importance and feather preening, lack of trustworthiness, self interest and I do dislike gossip. I prefer people to be straightforward and reliable in their dealings but then don’t we all.
What do you like most?
Spending time with my family and friends.

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