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Getting to know.. Kieran Duignan6th November 2015
We asked the newest member of the Court of Protection team a few questions, beyond his role as a solicitor. So Kieran..
How did you first start working in Law?
During my law degree I undertook a Vacation Scheme at Pannone and, from that, was fortunate to secure a Training Contract with them. Upon the acquisition by Slater and Gordon, my training contract was transferred over and I completed this in September 2015 before moving here to JMW.
What is your favourite thing about working in Law?
Meeting clients and, particularly in the Court of Protection/Mental Capacity sector, working alongside parents, carers and a person's wider support network to support those clients who, by their very nature, are vulnerable. Each day is a constant reminder of the importance of each person who forms part of the client's 'team'.
If you didn't work in Law what would you do?
When I was younger I used to do Irish dancing, and it's something that I've always been interested in. Giving it up is the one thing I regret, so I'd have to say that if I wasn't in the legal world I'd have liked to try and dance professionally.
What's the one thing you can't live without?
Music don't get me wrong, silence can and often is golden, but I can't recall a day where I haven't listened to some form of music (whether in the car, on Spotify, out with friends etc) so I'd have to answer with that.
Who inspires you? (personally or professionally)
My Nanna, who had an inherently kind nature and fantastic sense of humour. When I was growing up, she was always willing to offer advice and support, and the lessons and values she taught me remain true to this day.
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
Teleportation less 'planes, trains and automobiles' and more 'right here, right now'.
What nicknames do you have? KD is one that I've had for a few years. Since starting at JMW, Tas and Paul in PCD have coined 'Kiero' so we'll see whether that sticks or not
What was the last book you read?
'Banker to the Poor The Story of the Grameen Bank' by Muhammad Yunus
If you hosted a dinner party, what three people (dead or alive) would you invite?
1. Brian O'Driscoll his sporting reputation and experiences
2. Michael Flatley see question 3 above(!) surely it's not too late..
3. James Corden anyone who has seen the 'Carpool' section of his US TV show will know why he'd be great entertainment.
Question from Claire Boardman: What is the strangest thing you have ever encountered in your job?
Can I avoid this question by pleading 'confidentiality'..
What question would you ask the next person undertaking this Q&A?
What would be your signature dinner party dish?