I knew I wanted to work in law ever since my form tutor in year 8 told me I would be a good lawyer when I argued that another teacher was more focused on their pay cheque, rather than the futures of the children they were teaching. I was a teenager with a chip on my shoulder. Always observant to social injustices and inequality. I grew up in a single-parent household as an only child and I lived in an area that would be described as impoverished and lacked opportunities.
Before I joined Greens Solicitors as a Legal Assistant in September 2023, I started my legal career in a commercial law firm in Leicester, back in 2017. I instantly knew that I wasn’t interested in the glitz and glamour of commercial law. I wanted to truly help people and I felt that I couldn’t do that in commercial law. Since 2017, I have worked in several areas of law including civil litigation, employment law and family law. I started working in public family law from 2022 and knew this was the area of law that I wanted to practice.
I am now part of the public family law department in Greens and mainly deal with care proceedings. I absolutely love working in public family law as I find the work purposeful and rewarding. It’s not just a job that pays the bills. My ambition is to qualify as a solicitor and continue my career in the legal profession.
FAQs from Oliver Dedrick Hunte
What do you like working here?
Greens is a firm led by ethics and an ethos to deliver client focused legal advice and support. Greens has company values that really resonate with me. They look after their employees to ensure their employees look after their clients to the highest standard.
Why do you work in your department?
As a part-time residential children worker and playworker working with children from 5 – 17 in residential care placements and in the community. I truly understand what children and families go through when they are placed in the care system. This experience gives me significant insight and helps me deliver the best outcomes for our clients.
What are the most important things you look for to deliver to your clients?
Compassion and empathetic support is what we strive for. We enjoy building professional relationships with our clients. It’s the best way to enable us to get the best outcomes for our clients.
What are your passions in delivering legal advice?
I like to arm my clients with as much information and advice as possible. It is very important to me that my clients are able to make informed decisions. I endeavour that no stone is left unturned as I recognise that clients need reassurance that every option is looked into with the utmost care and detail. I ensure attention to detail and will truly fight for the best outcome no matter how difficult a situation may be. I seek justice and to help my clients in any way I can.
How to get the best form my lawyer?
Communication is key. It’s important to be open and honest with your lawyer, so they can get the full picture of your matter. This will significantly help improve the chances of getting the best outcome.