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Practice Makes Perfect for Julie

Practice Makes Perfect for Julie

Practice Services Manager Julie Waning celebrates 30 years' service at Burnetts this month. 

A manager from a Cumbrian law firm is celebrating 30 years’ service this month.  

Practice Services Manager Julie Waning (48) began work at Burnetts in July 1984 as a secretary in the firm’s debt recovery team. In 1988 she was promoted to become secretary to Commercial Property Partner Tom Leach (61). When Tom became Managing Partner in 1990, Julie’s role developed to include office management duties and in 2000, she was officially appointed to her current role.  

Julie, who lives off Dalston Road, said, “When I came for my interview, my Mam and Dad were very proud that I might be working at Burnetts and, even now, I think people are still impressed when I say where I work. The job has changed so much since I joined. When I started there were no computers and we certainly never dreamed that partners would have PCs and do their own typing. Technology has completely changed how we work and being five times the size it was back in 1988, Burnetts is now a very different place.” 

Julie is responsible for the management of more than 50 support staff including the firm’s secretarial and reception teams, as well as facilities management of the firm’s five offices and health and safety.

She continues to work closely with Tom Leach, Managing Partner-Operations. Of his 30 years with Julie, he said, “Julie likes to see a job well done: she is a perfectionist and always has an eye on the details. She is a great asset to the partnership and someone I rely on very heavily. If you give a job to Julie, you can rely on it being done. She is rightly proud of Burnetts and knows more about the firm, its buildings and people than almost anyone else. I’m very grateful to her for her many years of commitment and loyalty to Burnetts.” 

Julie added, “Of course there are challenges, but Burnetts is a good employer: you are trusted to do your job; I like the people I work with and the firm is supportive of a good work / life balance. My favourite part of my role though is recruitment - I enjoy the whole selection process and it’s very rewarding to see someone you’ve helped to recruit doing well in-post.”  

Outside of work, Julie helps her husband Gary Waning in the administration of his property maintenance business and spends time with her 9 year old son Teddy, supporting his football team the Dalston Black Reds, his performances with StagedRight Junior Theatre and the Dalston Cub Scouts.  

Carlisle-born Julie attended Harraby Secondary School, Carlisle Technical College and completed an Institute of Management Diploma with UCLan. 

Published: Thursday 17th July 2014
Categorised: Practice News

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