A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.
New for 2016, 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 Francis George.
Francis George is the founder and managing director of Swindon-based law firm, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate. As head of the firm, he ensures it adheres to its core values of integrity and excellence. Francis founded the firm in 2007. It specialises in litigation and pre-litigation, providing pragmatic and practical legal advice on diverse issues to clients across the UK.
What time does your alarm go off?
It varies depending on what I have on that day. Every Wednesdays I’ll be up at 5.30am for BNI networking, but if I am in court then sometimes earlier.
What’s the first thing you do?
I’ll have a shower and a shave, my other morning essential is a cup of coffee.
What do you do for lunch?
I’ll normally take a few moments and eat at my desk in the office, but if I am in court I have to grab something on the run.
What do you love most about your job?
Winning. Especially when you know the justice of the case is that you should and a cause worth fighting for.
What’s the worst part of the job?
A lot of my job is spent dealing with clients and it can be tough telling them the harsh realities of litigation.
What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?
My PC in the office in Swindon. When I am not dealing with clients you’ll find me behind the desk running the business from it.
What do you do after work?
Depending on the day, Monday and Thursday I do Tae Kwondo with my eldest daughter, then maybe do studying on my case load. Tuesday is family day, where we come together and have a meal. On Wednesday I go to athletics with my middle daughter, then maybe a glass of wine, as long as I’m not in court the next day. Friday is generally an evening off, the perfect time to unwind and reflect on the week.
If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?
As I am a black belt in Tae Kwondo, I would probably become an instructor.