Carl Russell is a family lawyer who has been with Hegarty Solicitors since April 1999.With his upcoming retirement, we thought it would nice to speak to Carl about his career and future plans.
Despite Carl's departure, we still have a fantastic team of family lawyers who can help you with a variety of matters should you require it.
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How long have you been a lawyer?
I joined a local firm in Peterborough, Rigby Williams, as they were then when I left school in September, so it would be September 1968. And I worked ever since then. Ending up working at Hegarty since the 1st of April 1999.
Did you always want to be a lawyer, or did you have other career aspirations?
I really wanted to be a footballer or a cricketer. So, I've only been for one interview, and I went for an interview at Rigby's to join at the bottom, straight from school. And that's what happened. I got a job and never looked back, as they say.
What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
Well, I've met a lot of nice people. Judges, barristers, other solicitors and, of course, clients. A lot of interaction with people throughout, which has been sometimes good, sometimes bad. But it's a good aspect of the job.
How have things changed in the time you have been practicing?
How long have you got for that answer? Things have changed immensely. When I first started, you’re learning and you’re learning. But really, you’re learning every day. The law has also changed a lot. Originally, when getting a divorce people had to go to court to attend hearings to obtain their divorce. Now it’s moving to online. So, over the years there has been a massive progression.
What plans do you have for your retirement?
Grandchildren will play, I think, an important role. I also want to try to improve my golf and continue with my veteran’s cricket.
Thank you Carl and we wish you a long and happy retirement - the Hegarty Team.