catherine
 

Catherine Rattray

Founder and Principal

Letters (quals): LLB (Hons)

How do you take your hot drinks? Self confessed coffee addict who needs half a cow in the cup

Sum up your day to day activities:

I much prefer drafting documents and researching various topics on a morning, I touch base with the outside world in the afternoon. Much of my time on files is spent supporting clients and discussing their needs, I also devote a lot of a time to training and mentoring people who work for me. In the evenings I spend a couple of hours working, if anyone has an urgent problem they generally know they can find me on the end of an email whatever the time of day.

Professional areas of interest/geek-ery:

In the renewable sector I have a large focus on aviation issues and finance, I have also studied financial modelling and carbon offsetting. I also receive requests to study proposed legislation and ministerial statements, it has been very interesting to see the difference between public perception and what is actually proposed.

I believe that smart grids and virtual power stations will be very much part of our future going forward and I am committed to being part of that revolution.

In general property terms you will find me studying planning applications with a fine toothcomb and looking into the public sector lately I have been reading council constitutions and looking in particular at the disparity between planning officers powers in different councils.

Hobbies:

I always used to write Equestrianism on my cv but actually this is a play on words (what else would you expect!) I have a very big hobby breeding sport horses and own two stallions. I am also a very big fan of cars, lorries and trains that’s all I’m going to say!

 

 
Leanne Dunning
 

Leanne Dunning

Receptionist

How do you take your hot drinks? Flat white from Costa

Sum up your day to day activities:

Leanne is our receptionist and first port of call for all incoming enquiries. Leanne also manages all of the practice's online marketing and social media.

Hobbies: Leanne also runs her own business providing sweet carts and chocolate fountains for weddings and parties. This often involves bringing sweets to the office - we're not complaining!.

leanne@specsolicitors.com 01653 919 606

 
 
 
 

Rachel Swales

Accounts

Letters (quals): AAT Level 4

How do you take your hot drinks? Plenty of milk and sugar

Sum up your day to day activities:

I am a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde - in the mornings you will find me avec wellies and warm clothes (in the winter at least), feeding caring for and riding 12 horses which are owned by Catherine. Meeting Catherine when she was pregnant with her youngest, to give her a hand with her horses, is how I came to learn the second half of my daily employment as the Accounts manager at Spectrum. I am responsible for the day to day accounts for the office, sending and receiving client money, raising and paying invoices, PAYE, VAT, completion statements and preparing the year end stamenets for Companies House.

Professional areas of interest/geek-ery:

Every day is a learning curve! I love how many different things I come across doing the job I do at Spectrum. I am currently exploring R&D tax credits for some of our previous telecoms tech based projects. The vast amounts of different areas and specialisms that can be covered in the broad umbrella of 'accounting' never ceases to amaze me, but there is still nothing more satisfying than the simple pleasure of making the numbers balance.

Hobbies:

Running and long distance military style obstacle courses (Tough Mudder).

Rachel@specsolicitors.com 01653 695 967

 
Allen Bailey
 

Allen Bailey

Solicitor

How do you take your hot drinks?

Not fussy so long as it's not in a chipped cup, not too strong or weak, has no sugar and plenty of milk.

Sum up your day to day activities:

Allen deals with all of our Family Law enquiries ranging from Divorce to arrangements for children.

Professional areas of interest/geek-ery:

Allen gets a great deal of satisfaction when clients come to us with problems that seem insurmountable to them, and leave with a resolution, and able to move on with their lives.

Hobbies:

DIY and Squash

allen.bailey@specsolicitors.com 08455 195 295

 
 

Norma Sheep

Company Mascot

Letters (quals): BSc Hons in awesomeness

How do you take your drinks? In a large wine glass

Sum up your day to day activities:

Generally walk around in a field a munching on some grass, I would like to say a big thank you to the Spectrum team for sponsoring me .

Professional areas of interest/geek-ery:

Connoisseur of the best types of farm grass, wine expert.

Spectrum charity sponsorship

Spectrum is proud to support Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds. Through its involvement in a ‘plant a tree’ scheme, Spectrum realised that MVUF needed another sheep and sponsored Norma, a Ryeland Ewe, to help maintain the farm’s herd. MVUF is a very worthwhile charity providing not only a welcome green space in the middle of Leeds but also very valuable training opportunities for all comers from young adults with learning disabilities to schools and colleges.