25th Jul 2022

ABOUT: Liam O'Neill

Liam is an Associate Director and accomplished lawyer in Berwins' Life team, but how did he get to his current position? What approach does he take to his work? What is he interested in outside of the work environment? Find out all this and more below!

What's your biggest achievement - professional or personal?

Dealing with a case involving three generations of relatives, some of whom were in dispute with one another. In this case I had to manage two sets of trustees, disputing relatives, an HMRC inheritance tax investigation and, in the end, I managed to get all of the matters of dispute agreed, documents and everyone was able to move on with their lives. 

Tell us a bit about your background...

I was born and bred in Bradford. I never wanted to be a lawyer (I wanted to be a musician or an architect). I ended up making the tea at a commercial law firm in Bradford when I was seventeen and worked my way up. 

What do you like to do outside of work?

I’m very busy with two young children. Outside of work I love watching rugby (both codes) and F1. I attempt to play the guitar and I run and ride my mountain bike regularly. 

What about the way you approach your work makes you unique?

I’m down to earth and have been described as blunt yet tactful.

The most complex case I worked on involved a dispute about two inter-connected trusts which we managed to resolve by mediation and with the warring parties (who were family members) each still being able to sit in the same room with the other.

Externally, I am a trustee of a small charity in Bradford which provides pension payments to poor persons who live in or who have a substantial Bradford connection.

Where did you study and what training and education do you have?

I qualified as a Legal Executive in 2003 and as a solicitor and STEP member in 2008. I’ve worked in the law since 1998 and have been dealing with private client and trusts work since 2004.

If you need advice on anything from Will-making to estates, probate administration and more, call our Life team on on 01423 543 102.

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