An Interview with Sundeep Soor - Solicitor of the Year Award winner

Written By: Sundeep Soor
Edition: October 2019

An Interview with Solicitor of the Year Award winner- Sundeep Soor, Cartwright King

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1. What does it mean to you to win the Solicitor of the year Award?

I was honoured to win this award. To me it recognises my achievements since I qualified in 2001, which I couldn’t have done without the support of my firm and colleagues. 

2. What makes Nottingham a good place to practice law?

Nottingham is the hub of the East Midlands and has a great legal community  for networking and attracting quality legal work.

3. Why did you choose to go into the legal profession?

I followed in the footsteps of a family member who is a barrister. At the age of 14/15 he would tell me stories of how he had helped immigration clients. The human rights aspects attracted me to study law.

4. What's the best or most interesting case you've worked on so far?

One of my most satisfying cases still is as a junior lawyer. I represented a teenager who was charged (and subsequently acquitted) with resisting arrest and assaulting a senior police officer. It taught me the importance of thorough preparation and the difference it can make (I was able to explain the excessive use of CS spray by the inspector – who unfortunately had no idea that he had breached the police guidance/safety regulations).

More recently I have acted for a UK national who was facing a multi million pound international pension fraud allegation in Sweden. He was also facing extradition from the UK to Sweden. It was great to expand my knowledge of extradition process and procedure and work with my client’s Swedish lawyers to ensure the case against him was withdrawn.

5. Do you think there are barriers to entry in the profession?

Fees for degrees and LPC/BVC are extremely high which are likely to put off students. Plus the competition once you have a qualification has always been a problem.

6. What changes would you like to see in the profession?

One of the changes (the restructuring of training contracts) is already being implemented soon.  The new regime on the face of it sounds much more flexible.  

Recruitment wise I was pleased to recently hear of a law firm in London where all applicants name, age, gender, university details were removed from the recruitment process.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I would like to see myself doing more international/high profile fraud and tax advisory work.

8. What else do you enjoy outside of the law and is it easy to have a work/life balance?

Spending time with my family, holidays, watching football and cricket and doing voluntary community & charity work.

At Cartwright King we have flexible working arrangements. I can work from home (or anywhere with an internet connection) when practical. This allows me to save time on commuting and break up my day by for example visiting the gym .  More firms should adopt such an approach to assist employees and increase productivity.