Gillian was part of the first cohort of girls studying in the Blue Coat School sixth form from 1989-1991. After A Levels Gillian studied law at Manchester Victoria University and went on to practice commercial litigation and later commercial law. She now owns and manages a property company and lectures in contract law.
What years were you at The Blue Coat School?
I attended the Blue Coat School as one of the first intake of girls in the sixth form from 1989 until 1991.
How would you describe your time at the School?
Perhaps because I had the opportunity to join as a sixth former, I found it fascinating as a pupil: A classical old school with historic traditions, laced with Victorian formality, underpinned by superb and enthusiastic teaching. Wonderful friends, a wonderful time.
What has been your path since leaving the Blue Coat?
I studied law at Manchester Victoria University and went on to practice commercial litigation and later commercial law. Although I spent several years in Manchester my heart was always in Liverpool and I returned home to practice at DLA which I later left to set up the legal department at Halewood International Limited, an alcoholic drinks company, at the request of its owner and chairman.
Alongside my commercial legal career I have campaigned for individual cases where I believe injustice to have taken place, published legal articles and had a fictional short story published in a collection alongside famous writers.
How did your experience at the Blue Coat prepare you for your career?
When I joined the School many of the boys were not used to talking to a girl let alone working alongside the 6th form skirt-wearing intakes. Some pupils embraced the new system, others took a conservative entrenched approach that eventually broke down into a collaborative approach over the first year.
The experience was as educational as the superb teaching. To facilitate the breakdown of barriers and create inter personal relationships is essential in every line of work whether kick-starting negotiations between warring partners in contentious disputes or negotiating the much needed aspects of a contract.
What do you do now?
I now own and manage a property company and lecture contract law for fun.
What would be your advice to students at the School today?
Take every opportunity.