Meet the MD: Ian Brown

As a managing partner of Yorkshire law firm Wosskow Brown, Ian Brown is responsible for the organisation of the entire firm. He told BQ how he keeps on top of the pressures it brings.

Describe your roll in no more than 100 words.

I am responsible for the organisation of the entire firm, this goes all the way from the cleaners to the advocates. I am in charge of marketing, general business and making sure that all heads of department have the necessary tools to run their own departments productively and efficiently. I also deal with all compliance issues.


What is it that the company does?

We are a law firm with offices through Sheffield and Barnsley, that specialise in commercial/residential property, employment law, personal injury, family law, wills & probate, insolvency, corporate/business law and sports law.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

I believe that a great leader has to have the ability to listen and be helpful.  Understanding people’s issues and then being able to find staff solutions to their problems.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

The recent changes in the law market have made this year an interesting and challenging one.


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

I am very involved in British Cycle Speedway and am a GB Cycle Coach. My daughter was recently named the GB Cycle Speedway Captain. I enjoy partaking in, and watching, sports.


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

When I was a kid I always wanted to be a Fireman.


Any pet hates in the workplace?

My three biggest pet hates in the workplace are: Laziness,  unhelpfulness, and people with a big ego.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

In 5 years time I would like to see the company to have grown by 50% and have developed a thriving commercial department.  I would also like to see us grow physically with at least one more office.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

My advice to any aspiring business leaders would be don’t take too big strides.  Always start small and then begin to build slowly. Lastly I would say don’t be frightened to ask, whether it’s for advice or help.


Where did you start your career?

I started at a Youth Opportunity Programme in a Quarry.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far.

I ended up making Manager of that quarry after 7 years, then decided to buy into a business which did well until the market changed. Finally, after deciding to take my career in a different direction I re-trained as a solicitor until becoming the managing partner at Wosskow Brown.