The Last Word – Emma Batstone
How long have you been working at Mogers Drewett?
I started in July 2014 after doing a degree at the University of Exeter. I began by helping the firm with their data cleanse project (as exciting as it sounds!) then moved into the Private Client department in January 2015. I began my training contract in September 2015.
Describe a typical working day.
It will start with a kettlebells/spinning class in the morning. I get to the office at 8:30 and check my emails before the phones start ringing at 9am. My day usually consists of client meetings, drafting documents and writing letters. I finish around 5/5:15 and head to the gym to play badminton.
What’s the best thing about working at Mogers Drewett?
My team! I don’t know where I would be without them. The support I receive is outstanding and I have learnt so much.
What is the most rewarding thing about being in the legal profession?
A lot of our clients in the Private Client department are grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is very rewarding to be able to ease the process for someone who is in a vulnerable, emotional state.
What do you like most about working in Sherborne?
The quirkiness. Some days it can be a sleepy Dorset town, other days you see a man walking around with a flowerpot on his head (true story).
What is your favourite bit of architecture in Sherborne?
It has to be the Abbey. Best enjoyed at night by floodlight.
Describe your perfect night out.
Enjoying tapas and cocktails with my closest friends.
What is your favourite day trip in the South West?
Visiting a coastal town such as Lyme Regis or Lulworth, strolling in the sunshine and enjoying fish and chips on the beach.
And your favourite place to eat out?
The Half Moon Inn at Mudford! I hate to think how many portions of broccoli and stilton lasagne I have had there over the past few years!
Where is your favourite picnic spot?
In the summer, a family tradition is to head down to Brownsea Island, a National Trust-owned island in
Poole Harbour, and have a picnic surrounded by peacocks. (I can only recall one occasion of climbing a tree in fear of a peacock stealing my sandwich!)
Your favourite coastal walk?
If I had to pick, it would have to be West Bay to Seatown – with a pub lunch at The Anchor Inn.
And your favourite view?
Either looking out over the ocean at Golden Cap, or sitting above the hills and fields at Melbury Bubb.
You have a Duke of Edinburgh Award – tell us about that.
Probably the most challenging but rewarding experience I have had. I volunteered with St John Ambulance, learned how to play rugby and took part in a 5-day expedition in the Brecon Beacons.
What are your hobbies?
I love keeping fit and regularly attend my local gym. When the sun is shining, you will more than likely find me stomping along a coastal path with family or friends.
What is the best thing about living in the South West?
Having the most beautiful scenery on my doorstep.