From AM to PM with Bower & Bailey’s Katie Went

By Anita Jaynes on 29 March, 2016

A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.

Every Tuesday we delve into the day-to-day diary of a member of the local business community.  This week we put the spotlight on Katie Went, partner at the Swindon office of Bower & Bailey Solicitors.

Katie specialises in all aspects of family breakdown with particular emphasis on the financial consequences.

What time does your alarm go off?

My alarm goes off at 6.00am, which is pointless because I never get out of bed before 7.15am. I’m no Gordon Geccko.

What’s the first thing you do?

I have a read of the news, mainly this year to see if any new celebrities have died whilst I have been asleep. The second thing I do is have a cup of tea which is made by my long suffering OH, who has been up since 6 (oh – that’s why the alarm is set so early!)

What do you do for lunch?

If I am being good then lunch is salad, if I am not being good, which is usual then lunch will be a sandwich from M&S along with some stodgy cake confection at my desk. Don’t tell my personal trainer!

What do you love most about your job?

Love is a strong word to use in connection with your job as a divorce lawyer.   I do like helping people sort out the sticky situation of separation and it is nice seeing people who at the start of the process are sometimes in a bad place, but are different people at the end.

What’s the worst part of the job?

The worst part, is seeing people who used to love each other at loggerheads over bizarre matters. The worst example being who gets Elvis posters (!) yes it is true people do argue over these things.

What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?

It’s not really an executive tool, but I could not live without my Garmin. Cyclists will agree, if it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen.

What do you do after work?

After work I transform into a Stepford wife, I cook the tea, help my son with homework, wash, iron and embroider. Anyone who knows me is now laughing their head off. Actually in the winter I am usually found watching TV and in the summer I am out cycling.

If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?

In an ideal world I would work in a library, although no one would be allowed in as once I had tidied the books up I would not want anyone messing them up. I have OCD!