10 mins with…. Marion Silvey
- What is your most memorable achievement whilst working in your current role?
I’m incredibly proud of how far Spector Constant & Williams has come since my fellow partners and I set the firm up in 2019. It has been fascinating to see the business expand and change since inception.
Setting up a new firm brought exciting and interesting challenges, from working on branding and setting up the office to choosing furniture and office layout. I love being a lawyer and still thrive on the variety of work, but being involved more in the business and operational side of things adds an interesting further dimension to this career.
2024 is our fifth year in business and we’ve come so far. The firm is growing and attracting talented new lawyers. Our range of services is expanding, with family law a new addition expanding our experienced breadth of real estate, finance, corporate and litigation practices.
2. What has been the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I’ve received, and something that I pass on to anyone I’ve mentored, is to approach life and work with a positive attitude.
Clients of law firms are looking for a ‘can do’ attitude, great advice and proactivity – and most importantly they want the work to be done by someone they want to work with.
Most aspects of life can be improved if actioned with a smile.
3. What has been the key positive or negative impact of change in your area of the market?
By far the biggest positive change in the property sphere is the increase in the registration of land. When I started out in my career there was a lot of unregistered land. Unregistered land is risky for buyers and lenders with increased potential complications.
The more land that is registered, the less risk the sector holds for investors and owner occupiers. Transactions become much more straight forward for clients. With more stabilisation and security comes increased scope for varied and complex deal structures where required.
4. If you were not in your current position, what would you like to be doing?
Ideally, I would like to be the sixth member of the Spice Girls, but if that failed to take off you would find me writing trashy but gripping (and hopefully well-written) fiction novels in a stunning beach-side location with my family drinking pina coladas (chocolate milk for my daughter).
5. What three items would you put on display in a museum of your life and why?
My first item for the museum of my life is a saxophone. I loved playing the instrument as a child and have many very happy memories playing in wind bands. It fostered a life-long love of listening to and playing music – and fostered a joy of collaborating in work ensembles.
The second item in my museum is a bracelet my daughter has made. Family is the most important part of my life, and my daughter is incredibly creative and always making things. Her joy of crafting is inspiring.
My final item is a Spector Constant & Williams tote bag. This symbolises my career and how far I have come. It encapsulates the pride I feel in this fantastic firm that I’ve helped to create and everything I’ve learned about all aspects of helping to create and run a law firm from inception.
Marion Silvey, Real Estate Partner, Spector Constant & Williams