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Meet the Professionals – James Ferrin

July 28, 2017

*Where are you from?

I was born in west Belfast, Glen Road. Currently living in South Belfast.

What was your first Job?

Shu Restaurant on the Lisburn Road was my first job and a real test in the hospitality industry. This Job was the start on a long list of fine dining restaurants I worked at throughout my studies at school and University. I have always had a keen interest in hospitality as it allowed me to interact with members of the public in a fun filled environment. The friends I gained along the way remain close and I feel the skills in dealing with different personalities has developed my client care attributes as a solicitor.

How would you describe yourself to someone you had never met?

In Robert G Sinclair I was employed as the Court Solicitor which in my opinion would go some way to categorising my personality. I enjoy being out and about at court speaking with members of my profession along with appearing before different Judges each day. My ability to formulate relationships has gone someway to personify my role within Robert G Sinclair as an outgoing, hardworking and determined individual. I enjoy meeting new people and I enjoy law in that every day I learn something new. I am quite competitive which often drives me to succeed in whatever I put my mind to. My ability to listen and formulate strategic objectives in my opinion has helped me represent Robert G Sinclair as a pro-active forward thinking law firm.

Who do you look up to in business?

My father Jim Ferrin is a successful Entrepreneur Business Property Developer. I see him as the epitome of hard work and taking every opportunity that presents itself. My father did not have any third level education but he has taught me that anyone can achieve anything if they believe it and work hard. He also is a great believer in the book ‘The Secret’ and the ‘Law of Attraction’. Whatever my goals are he always advises that you must believe it can happen otherwise it won’t. I suppose this has help progress some legal cases that looked hopeless when taking the preliminary instructions.

What Is your greatest passion outside in work and family?

I enjoy playing sports and don’t think I would be there person I am today without it. I currently play for Glentoran FC in the Irish Premier Division. I have played a lot of sports throughout my life including Gaelic Football, Hurling, Water polo and Athletics. I have All-Ireland swimming and football medals. Sport has taught me discipline and I feel I have a good work ethic arising from my competitiveness in sports. I do not like to lose.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that a total stranger has entrusted you to deal with their problem. Often people come with what seems like very complicated issues. When you receive the best training it makes sorting complex issues rewarding. Knowing that you achieved the client’s objective is very satisfying. Law is often made out to seem complex and confusing. No matter what type of legal question arises it very often comes down to an evidential test that requires a committed solicitor to work hard for their client. At RGS we have been recruited to go that extra mile for our client.

What advice would you give someone starting out in their career?

My first piece of advice is to ask questions. This comes from my Master who trained me. The law is never static, it is always changing and being interpreted or redefined. Someone just starting cannot possibly know all the answers. The best learning curve is to ask the obvious question if you are unsure. This is a sign of intelligence.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I manage a hotel called The Gregory Belfast on the Malone Road belonging to my family. I also am the project manager for my family’s property portfolio performing activities including site based research to identify opportunities. Liaising with professionals such as architects, surveyors, agents, insurers, planning consultants, accountants, bankers and lawyers to tease out potential development possibilities and constraints is a very interesting job. The above tasks demonstrates elevated levels of communication and organisational skills and considerable attention to detail and persistence. The success of many projects to date also demonstrates distinctive leadership and team working skills. These skills on a personal level all contribute to my ability to be an excellent Lawyer.

What is the best thing about working at R G Sinclair?

I have been recruited to drive our litigation department forward. Since commencing in October 2016 we have secured numerous contracts with insurance companies. We are being recognised as the fastest growing litigation firm in Northern Ireland. Robert Sinclair effectively operates a policy that allows each of us to work with great freedom. My ability to make the key decisions on my cases that focuses on the client gives me great motivation and faith in the firm going forward. There is a great atmosphere with work colleagues and a team environment more so than a competitive one.

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