I have arrived. A new building. A new office. A new parking lot. A new document management system. Even a new iPhone. My new mantra is change is good. If I say it enough times, it becomes the truth, right?
My last day at Basman Smith LLP was Friday, August 12, 2016. Then I took the weekend off. First thing Monday August 15, 2016, I started bright eyed and bushy tailed at Beard Winter LLP. Seamless? Hardly.
Everyone supporting my move has been amazing. The tech staff who managed the transfer of my computer files over to the new system. The movers who hefted crates full of paper files between firms (and only got lost twice). The law clerk and legal assistant who have been doing yeoman’s work trying to decipher the new systems so that I can access my files, do conflict checks and meet with clients. A big thank you to all of you.
The Beard Winter family has been incredibly welcoming. People pop their heads in to my office to introduce themselves throughout the day. Colleagues stop me in the halls and elevator to say hello. Questions are answered with kindness. Directions are given with a smile. It is a warm and friendly place. Thank you for making me feel at home.
It took me an hour to write a three line letter last week. I had no idea where my files were stored, how the firm letterhead precedent works or how to save a new document. (Rest assured no one is getting billed for that time). The learning curve is steep but I am confident that in a month or two (or six), it will feel like I never practiced anywhere else. And my pictures will be hung.
Please feel free to drop me a line at my new digs. My number is 416-306-1742 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Recall that, in addition to practising family law as a specialist, I am a certified comprehensive family mediator. I would be pleased to answer any questions about either or both practice areas.