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Horwich Farrelly at 50: Karl Robinson shares his #HFhighlight

In the second week of Horwich Farrelly’s 50th anniversary Associate, Karl Robinson, shares his proudest achievement as part of the firm’s year-long #HFhighlights campaign.

Karl Robinson, Associate

When did you start working at Horwich Farrelly?
I joined the firm in March 2004. At the time I was studying an NVQ in business administration and, as part of the course, I was interviewed by a professional services organisation – which turned out to be Horwich Farrelly. The interview went so well that the firm offered me a permanent job there and then, with me starting the same day!

I’ll shortly be celebrating 15 years with Horwich Farrelly. The firm has long service awards for employees who’ve been with them for 15 and 20 years so, in the year Horwich Farrelly is enjoying its golden jubilee, I’m looking forward to celebrating my own personal milestone.

Before joining the firm what was your most unusual job?
I used to work at Morrisons in Failsworth, Oldham making pizzas. It was an enjoyable job, and whilst very different to what I’m doing now, I was able to learn valuable customer service skills.

What does a typical day look like for you at Horwich Farrelly?
My day is a mixture of managing a team of six and running my own caseload. As a manager I’m responsible for training and developing new and existing employees, and offering support and motivation to ensure they meet both personal and team targets.

How has your career progressed since joining the firm?
My career has progressed massively during my time with the firm.

Initially I was working in the post room at the firm’s Manchester headquarters – it was a busy job with early starts but it meant I quickly got to know people from all areas of the business. I then went on to move into the Costs department where I worked in an admin support role, and also as a clerk to the Costs advocates.

My legal career really kicked off when I joined the Costs’ infant settlement team where I had my own caseload of files to deal with, in addition to studying my Level 3 CILEx qualification, which was assisted by the firm’s generous training bursary scheme.

During my time in Costs I was given an opportunity to join the firm’s Counter Fraud department where I’m dealing with LSI (Low Severity Impact) cases on behalf of a number of insurers.

What has been the biggest highlight of your time at Horwich Farrelly?
In August 2017 I was promoted to Associate. The role is awarded to those individuals who are demonstrating consistently high levels of performance and embody the vision and values of the firm, so I was really proud to earn the title.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and outside interests?
My interests outside of work are my family and friends. I enjoying socialising, especially if it involves a pint or two! I’m also a mad Oldham Athletic fan; I am a season ticket holder and I follow them home and away, as well as following England abroad.

What makes working at Horwich Farrelly different from other firms?
When I was studying my NVQ I didn’t really have an interest in a career in law but Horwich Farrelly changed that as they’re not like a traditional law firm. Yes, you’re expected to work hard but you get rewarded in return as has been shown by my career with the firm to date. Plus, unlike other practices, we have a relaxed dress code and there’s flexibility around hours which really helps maintain a good work/life balance. In the 15 years with Horwich Farrelly there has never been a day where I haven’t wanted to come to work.

What advice would you give to others starting out in their career with the firm?
Work hard, be loyal and you will be rewarded.

For further details of Horwich Farrelly’s #HFhighlights campaign please click here.