Obviously the biggest challenge in the next 12 months, for many SMEs, will be operating a business in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the inevitable uncertainty regarding the economic landscape ahead.

Joe Norman, Solicitor

Telephone: 01392 286784
Email: joe.norman@cartridgeslaw.co.uk

Name: Joe Norman

Job Title: Solicitor

Specialisms: Business and Commercial Property

What attracted you to law?
The fact that it’s a respected profession and having the opportunity to assist people and businesses with important matters.

What do you like most about your job?
Getting to work with a wide variety of clients.

What do you like least about your job?
Admin and the sometimes frustrating (but necessary) bureaucracy involved.

What do you think makes you good at your job?
I’m diligent, have a keen eye for detail and strive to achieve great outcomes for clients.

What is the biggest misconception that people have about your job?
Anything based upon what people have seen in films or on TV.

What is the most common legal mistake you see businesses make?
Lack of planning.

What do you think the biggest challenge will be for SMEs in the next 12 months?
For many obviously it will be the challenge of operating a business in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the inevitable uncertainty regarding the economic landscape ahead.

What do you like best about working for Cartridges Law?
The people I work with.

If you weren’t doing this job, what else would you like to do?
Photography, cinematography, or possibly computer science, data modelling or programming.

What is your favourite place in Exeter?
The city centre and wandering down by the quay and canal.

What is your favourite book, film or song?
Favourite film – very difficult to narrow it down to just one but three that spring to mind are Do the Right Thing, The Big Lebowski and Goodfellas.

Name something you have learned in 2020
You hear in the news vast sums being quoted all the time, be it a £270bn economic stimulus package or the world’s first $2 trillion company. I learned an interesting way to help visualise and comprehend the difference between a million and a trillion: whereas a million seconds is equal to approximately 12 days, a trillion seconds is equal to 31,688 years.