Annemarie Richardson, who grew up in Plymouth and went to Plymouth College, spent three years studying for a music degree at university, only for an intended career as a professional pianist to be thwarted by Repetitive Strain Injury. What to do? Inspired by TV courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, Annemarie opted to become a Solicitor and did a law conversion course before training with a local firm. She observes that there are a lot of lawyers who are musicians and muses that it might be something to do with stress release! Annemarie began working in the legal profession to complete her Training Contract in 1999, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2001.


It’s all about relating to clients, she says, especially at a time when they might be anxious or distressed. Estate planning is a growth area, particularly when many clients have been married more than once. Wills need to be clear-cut and kept up-to-date and should be examined every two to five years, or any time there is a change in circumstances.


Annemarie loves learning new skills and many years ago undertook a Masters research degree in White Mensural Notation which involves the study of mediaeval music manuscripts some 500-600 years old at the British Library for the musical equivalent of translation. Annemarie loves singing and is a member of two choirs.