Freedom, one year on

It is now (just over) one year since I gave up practising. Since then, whenever I've been asked what I do the best answer that I can come up with is 'freelance writer'. At the outset, I wasn't at all sure that I could make a living doing such a thing, but here I am still going.

In response to a recent post I was asked whether I prefer reading and commenting on family law to being a family lawyer. My answer is a resounding 'yes'. In fact, I have discovered a level of interest in the subject that I never realised I had, or at least not until I started this blog. I think I would have always preferred writing to practising, although the fact that I had been practising for so long (25+ years) probably made the change even more preferable!

OK, before I embark on my second year freelance I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible, in particular: my very good friend Mike Semple-Piggot (aka Charon QC), without whose encouragement and advice I would probably never have embarked on the first year,, for inviting me to write for them, everyone who has advertised here or on Family Lore Focus and, last but not least, all of you out there who take the time to read the nonsense that I write.

Onwards and (hopefully) upwards!

[OK, I know that the PC in the picture above was not my last one, but I can't remember where I put my last one. Besides, I prefer the old pre-SRA certificate with the Law Society coat of arms on it.]


  1. Well done John. My work too is mostly writing and running the web-site now, with minimal case work, and I am quite looking forward to the day when I (whisper it) give it up altogether!

    And it was your blog which got me blogging all those years ago, so thank you for that.

  2. Thanks, Tessa. I definitely recommend it!

    Yes, I remember you starting just after me - seems a lifetime ago now!


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