Spotlight on Alex Jones
Why did you become a lawyer?
I spent my university years working as a peer mentor and developed a passion for helping people overcome their problems. I explored several different careers that built upon this foundation although ultimately decided that there were few and far reaching and versatile as the law.
Your most embarrassing moment as a solicitor?
I once had a client bring me a witness statement he had prepared himself which contained a lot of unnecessary, personal and very graphic details about his sexual relationship with his wife. It was a challenge to look at him the same way after that!
Your proudest moment in your legal career?
On a personal level the satisfaction that came from obtaining and completing my training contract after years of early mornings, late nights and hard work was second to none. On a professional level, any time I have successfully safeguarded a family home or negotiated a vulnerable client out of debt has compounded my career choice a hundred times over.
What piece of wisdom would you pass onto a child?
Dream big but always be flexible. As the rolling stones once said’ you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need’. Life (and cases) will often present you with fantastic opportunities as long as you’re not too narrow minded to explore them.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
Growing up I always dreamed of being a pilot. I loved the idea of the ‘sky being the limit’ (and having a job where you effectively flew yourself to a different holiday destination ever week). Upon reflection I imagine I’d go stir crazy locked in a cockpit for that many hours at a time!
Persons who most influenced your life?
My Grandad. He always (and to my amazement still does) give up his time to anyone who needs it without ever asking for anything in return. He’s tried to retire twice but we couldn’t get him to sit still. If I have half his energy at his age I will happily be able to say that I have lived life to the full.
What do people get wrong about you?
My name. Gulshan decided to call me Alan on my first day in the office and it’s stuck ever since!
Crowds. Having spent 12 years of my life in London it’s nice being able to get to work without my face squashed up against a tube door.
I don’t read nearly as much as I should anymore but some of my favourites are: The Count of Monte Cristo, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and anything by Michael Crichton. I’m currently reading Ready Player One, the movie of which was filmed right here in Birmingham and features (a post-apocalyptic) cameo of NDP’s offices.
I’m a real geek and love anything Sci-Fi and Fantasy. If I had to name a few: Star Wars, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings and anything DC and Marvel.
TV or Radio?
I’m going to have to say TV. I can’t even remember the last time I turned on a Radio. There are few things better than spending an afternoon binging on a boxset or re-watching cult classics like Breaking Bad or the Wire.
I’ve got a name by Jim Croce or Bring it on Home to Me by Sam Cooke. My Partner constantly pokes fun of me for my old taste in music!
Greatest Invention Ever?
The internet. It’s almost impossible to imagine how we got by without endless information at our fingertips. It’s an invaluable resource for not only work but our everyday lives…even if most people do just use it to watch videos of puppies.
I’ve had a few but, then again, too few to mention. If I had to pick one I’d say not learning to drive before I moved to London. Trying to learn in my 30s has proven a nightmare!
The person from history you would most like to have a pie and pint with?
Henry VIII. He seems like the historical figure who would most appreciate a pie and a pint. I hear he played a mean round of golf too.
How would you spend your fantasy 24 hours, with no travel restrictions?
There are so many places I want to see it would be impossible to do them justice in 24 hours. I think my day would have to start with watching the sunrise from Mt. Fuji, breakfast in Paris followed by an African Safari. Lunch on the bay in San Francisco before swinging by Florida for some rollercoasters and sun. I think I’d have to finish to day off with dinner under the Northern lights.
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