Keep calm and litigate on...

Isobel Milburn, litigation partner at Baines Wilson LLP, Lancaster.
Isobel Milburn, litigation partner at Baines Wilson LLP, Lancaster.

Litigation Partner Isobel Milburn relocated to the area three years ago to help set up Baines Wilson LLP’s new Lancaster office:

I first came to the local area shortly after meeting my husband at University 18 years ago. I wanted to be a lawyer but even back then knew that the old-fashioned high street generalist practice was not for me. I was offered a training contract at the London office of Pinsent Masons, qualifying into their insurance litigation department and then making the move into general commercial litigation.

I enjoyed working in London and it was fantastic to work for household name clients on “big ticket” litigation, but felt that life was passing me by as I grappled with a long commute and spending enough time with my children.

I can remember the day in April 2010 when after many years of mulling things over my husband and I decided to make the move to South Cumbria.

It was something of a risk for me career wise, in the middle of a recession, but I decided that I would make it work.

One of my greatest reservations had been finding a new job which would give me the range and quality of work I wanted and the opportunity to work with other like-minded lawyers.

As luck would have it I met with the partners at Baines Wilson LLP and have never looked back. I was initially based in the Carlisle office but travelled to see clients all over Cumbria and Lancashire.


Now I head up the litigation department, based in the Lancaster office, which has expanded rapidly. I was quickly joined by Katherine Sibley, a specialist construction lawyer with DLA Piper LLP, and Martin Stafford who came from national firm DWF.

Litigation involves a lot of “rough and tumble” and can be quite stressful for all concerned. So it helps to be calm and objective and whilst it is not always easy to keep your head when all around are losing theirs, we do try our best!

On a personal note I really like working in Lancaster. I’ve met some very nice people and think it’s a great city. However, it will be even better when the new Link Road is built.