Gail Vallis

Gail joined Everyman Legal in October 2017 and commenced her training contract in January 2018. Gail works in the Corporate and Commercial team and has a variety of experience in matters including; mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, shareholder disputes, commercial contracts, data protection and employment.

Gail has made the jump from in house to private practice having worked as a paralegal at global company, Merck – the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world. At Merck Gail worked on various company restructures and integrations. Her role also included commercial contract review, the management of various projects and the provision of legal training. Whilst at Merck Gail completed her law degree with the Open University and her Prince2 foundation and practitioner qualifications. Gail obtained her Master of Laws in Professional Legal Practice with Distinction in August 2018 and is now looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor.

Gail has recently bought a house with her partner Ben and now that her legal studies have completed Gail is honing her D.I.Y skills with a part time plumbing course. When she’s not busy plumbing Gail’s favourite things to do are eat food and go on holiday.

60 Seconds Q&A with Gail

How do you take your coffee? 

Milky and sweet…most people say it’s not actually coffee it has that much milk!

Barbecue and a beer or fancy restaurant and a glass of bubbly? 

Barbecue and beer (well cider!) any day…as long as it’s warm and sunny!

What was your best holiday? 

That has to be Queenstown, New Zealand several years ago. I met friends who were travelling and had the best time skydiving, horse riding and driving in the mountains. This was made even better by the lovely people, gorgeous scenery and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen for months.

What is your own personal challenge outside work? 

To try and help people who aren’t as well off as me, though life often gets in the way of this. A few things such as donation drives for refugees as well as the homeless in Oxford, volunteering for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and pro bono work through university for the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

3 things your friends would say about you? 

Compassionate – you care about people and the things that are important to them regardless of who they are

Organised – that is literally you, everything has a timeline and is part of a list or spreadsheet and gets ticked off as it’s done

Driven/determined – you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve and how you’re going to get there.