Meet Steven Richards, Partner
When I visited the Foot Anstey office in Plymouth for the first time, I quickly realised that the firm far exceeded my expectations of a regional law firm. It was hard to ignore the fact that the office was located in a contemporary building with world-class views. More importantly though, it became quickly apparent that the firm was underpinned by a very entrepreneurial, open and honest approach and that it fostered a strong philosophy based on talented people doing good quality work in a transparent environment. I was struck by an overwhelming sense that the lawyers at Foot Anstey enjoyed their roles and were excited at the opportunities which the firm was exploring. This was both refreshing and very appealing.
I now head up the Dispute Resolution Group and have been given considerable support to develop and grow the practice area in line with the firm's objectives. The role is afforded a high degree of freedom and has allowed me to work with the other partners with a view to designing and implementing a long-term strategy for the group. I have a real sense that I am being trusted to look after an important part of the firm's business. This has been, and continues to be, a challenging but hugely rewarding opportunity.
My experience has taught me that Foot Anstey operates as a modern, forward-thinking firm which places the quality of its staff and its clients at the heart of its business model. Flexibility is also paramount and the firm is always happy to reassess the way things are done and to change them if necessary. I believe that it’s these aspects which contribute strongly to our success and set us apart from our competitors.