Meet the Team – Libby Montgomery
Meet the Team - Libby Montgomery
This is the nineteenth in a series of posts designed to provide you with some information about the team at Old Bailey Solicitors, what they do and why they do it!
Today its the turn of the ruthlessly efficient Libby “of London” Montgomery
What is your job title?
I am an Administrative Assistant at the London office
How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors?
I have worked at the firm for one year.
What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors?
I have been a legal secretary, advocates’ clerk and a practice manager for criminal defence solicitors for the last 30 years.
What made you decide to work for a firm of criminal defence specialists?
I initially worked in the City in litigation which I thought I enjoyed until I covered for a friend in a criminal firm where my days were exciting, fast paced and varied and I became hooked on crime, so to speak!
Describe your typical day at work
A typical day in the office includes contact with clients over the phone, particularly as a first point of contact for new enquiries. I liaise with barristers and their chambers and assist fee earners with clients’ cases. I also ensure the smooth running of the office by updating our diary and file system with key dates and information.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the fact that something new can happen every day, the variety of people that I meet and deal with and the fact that no two cases are the same.
What do you find most challenging?
It’s a challenge dealing with the CPS as we often require an answer to a query urgently and more often than not I am unable to make contact with the lawyer in the case. Therefore a simple matter could take days to resolve. This is frustrating for us but it can be even more frustrating for the client.
If you could implement one single change to the criminal justice system, what would it be?
I would like to see people detained at the police station given better information about their right to have a solicitor and to deal with the “myth” that a duty solicitor is a “police” solicitor. Detained people are often put off from having a duty solicitor and go unrepresented into interview because of this.