Each month TSR Legal Recruitment engage with professionals across the legal industry. We interview professionals  who work in different areas of law; gauging their experience and insight into the legal sector. This month we met Barry Davies.

TSR Legal Meets Barry Davies, the Practice Director and COFA with Douglas-Jones Mercer (DJM)
Barry Davies is the Practice Director and COFA with Douglas-Jones Mercer (DJM), Swansea. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a Fellow Member of Association of Accounting Technicians. He has been a Director/ (Partner) at DJM for almost 10 years with over 20 years’ experience in law firm management. He is an Executive committee member of the Law Society Law Management Section and is a regular contributor to several national legal magazines.
What has been your highlight this year so far?  
Producing our highest recorded set of financial statements since the firm was formed. It has been an incredibly busy year across the whole spectrum of work we offer.
What makes your firm stand out?
More than 80% of our work comes from existing clients and I think that is testament to our level of client satisfaction along with our high level of staff retention. Our clients also say that we cut through the nonsense, getting to the real issues and take a common sense approach to legal problems which is tailored to clients needs. We have been around since 1946 and continue to stand the test of time.
What do you enjoy most about working with your firm?
Being able to use my financial skills and background to bring success to the firm. However, probably more importantly than that is the people. Having returned to the firm 19 years ago and having the opportunity to work with some well regarded leaders in their field, but more importantly to see younger lawyers and support staff develop through their careers in the firm. It is very rewarding to see someone who I might have interviewed for a training contract develop onto bigger things.
What advice would you give to aspiring Solicitors?
Don’t limit yourself to just your area of law or the old traditional ways of working in a law firm. There are a lot of changes on the horizon in the legal profession, such as routes to qualification, compliance changes, along with political issues that may impact what you do.  Think ahead to what is on the horizon and the impact that technology will have in the future of law, but at the same time absorb as much information as possible from those with vast experience around you.
What can we expect to see from DJM going forward?
More of the same. Our last year was a real highlight for the firm  with a real sense of achievement at the end of the financial year and it is exciting to see our plans for the future continue in a similar manner. We will see our Commercial teams continue to grow and our recognised leaders in their field continue to strengthen their offering.