Work Life - Kevin Greer
Name: Kevin Greer
Firm: Morgan Cole Solicitors
Title: Associate / Legal Innovation Team Manager at Morgan Cole Solicitors and the Web and Technology officer for the Cardiff & District Law Society.
How did your legal career begin?
I graduated with an LL.B from Kingston Polytechnic in 1992 before going to Belfast University where I completed a LL.M in Computer Law. I then successfully applied to Cardiff University for a place on the first year of the Legal Practice Course. I followed the usual advice and sent letters to various firms asking for a training contract. After sending nearly 500 letters without gaining an interview, let alone a training contract, it was time to change tactics. I bought a suit and a briefcase and over the course of one day visited every firm in Park Place and St Andrews Crescent in search of a training contract. Armed with printed copies of my CV in my briefcase I charmed my way passed a few secretaries explaining that I was interested in work experience. I hit gold at Davies Pritchard & Weatherill. Paul Weatherill was impressed with my bravery and offered me a training contract four days later!
After completing my training contract, I went to work for another general legal practice on St Andrews Crescent for three years before being approached to move over to Morgan Cole. I joined Morgan Cole in 1999 and specialised in defendant PI litigation for insurance companies.
What is your current role at Morgan Cole?
In 2000, I was invited to join a team tasked with improving business processes as part of the introduction of a new case management system to the firm. For two years, I balanced fee-earning work with business analysis for case management but eventually Morgan Cole realised the value and importance of the work we were doing and so in 2002, under the leadership of Jeff Wright (also a solicitor), the e-Business and Processes team was created to focus entirely on business process improvements. In 2004, Jeff became the firm’s IT Director and I took over as manager of the processes team which I renamed to “Legal Innovation“.
The Legal Innovation team (3 other non-practising solicitors and a business analyst) is currently responsible for the development and maintenance of Morgan Cole’s case and matter management systems which includes a high degree of data stewarding and data reporting for internal Business Intelligence and external client Management Information. This may sound boring to most traditional lawyers but it is in fact a very fulfilling and rewarding job that allows me to continue using my skills as a lawyer (drafting, analysis, advice) as well as enabling me to lift my head above the parapet and see the changes that are affecting daily legal practice. I feel very fortunate to be working for a firm that recognises the need for these skills and continues to support the team in such a positive way.
What’s your favourite (clean) joke?
A man walks in to a bar with a giraffe. The man orders a pint for himself and six pints for the giraffe. The man drinks his pint and the giraffe downs his six pints. All of a sudden the giraffe collapses on the floor. The man says “Oh he’s done it again, I’m off”. So the barman says “You can’t leave that lyin’ there!”. The man says: “He’s a giraffe, not a lion!”
Successfully appealing against a decision to strike out a claim where I was acting for the claimant. It’s a long story but the other side engaged in what I alleged was sharp practice (to which allegation the other side took great offence!). The Judge allowed the appeal with costs and agreed with my allegation about sharp practice.
The births of each of my children are definite highlights. Another highlight would be when I did a solo parachute jump for Tenovus (not a tandem parachute jump!)
Attitude to life?
Keep your eyes peeled.
What would you be if not in law?
Either an architect or a forest ranger.
Interview by Holly Stedman, Trainee Solicitor, Morgan Cole.