Meet the MD: Vaughan Jones of Burnetts Solicitors

Meet the MD: Vaughan Jones of Burnetts Solicitors

Vaughan Jones is a corporate and commercial lawyer and head at Burnetts business law practice in the North West and North East. He believes communication, motivating your team and taking risks are all part of being a great leader. He caught up with BQ to tell us a bit more about the job...

Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

I am a corporate and commercial lawyer and head at Burnetts business law practice in the North West and North East.  I am also Partnership Chair, a role which I was elected to in 2015 and which is not unlike the position of Chair of a limited company.

 

What is it the company does?

Burnetts provides a wide range of legal services, both to the business community and to private clients.

 

 

Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I worked for Lloyds Bank in London for 3 years after leaving University.  I then returned to Tyneside to take up roles within the firm which, after a succession of mergers, is now Eversheds.  I joined Burnetts as a Partner in 2001.

 

 

What do you believe makes a great leader?
Communication; motivation of othersteams; team building; risk taking; vision and setting goals.

 

 

What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

The firm is in the midst of change and change is always challenging.  It is the ongoing conundrum of retaining the best of what we have done, and are, while moving on to different ways of working for both professional and support staff.

 

 

How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I try to lose myself for a short while in football (Sunderland) or speedway (Newcastle).

 

 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I can’t remember!

 

 

Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

Working with people who try to ignore the firm’s direction of travel, because they either think they know everything or, perhaps, because they think that the firm rotates around them.

 

 

Where do you see the company in five years time?

We should have implemented our succession planning strategy and grown the firm into one of the top 200 law firms in the country in both the North East and the North West.  We will have implemented new working practices in new premises but the key will still be the provision of excellent services.

 

 

What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Listen to others.  You cannot know everything!

 

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