Tuesday, 12th March
Propeller Club Liverpool’s series of interviews celebrating Women in Maritime continues as we catch up with Debbie Black, Director and Principal Solicitor at DGB Solicitors.
Propeller Club Liverpool: Morning Debbie!
Debbie Black: Good morning.
PCL: So, how long have you worked in the maritime industry?
DB: I started doing maritime related defence litigation 25 years ago.
PCL: What was your first job in the industry?
DB: Always a solicitor.
PCL: What do you believe is the biggest current issue you are dealing with in your job?
DB: The caution that Brexit has created for our clients and ensuring our services are relevant.
PCL: What is the next major challenge in shipping?
DB: Can’t say but I would think technology related.
PCL: What is the most positive change in shipping?
DB: Technology improving systems and documentation – big help to lawyers!
PCL: What is the one thing that has to change?
DB: Can’t say.
PCL: What makes you most proud in your job?
DB: A happy client and good relationships with people.
PCL: If you were leaving school today what job would you want?
DB: I would do something really practical like learn to be an electrician and a plumber followed by a management/law degree and aim to be the very best at the business of supplying something practical.
PCL: Who in the industry has been your guiding light or inspiration?
DB: There is something to learn from everyone but Inga Beale, ex CEO of Lloyds of London, is someone I admire…
PCL: What do you love most about Liverpool?
DB: The history, the culture and being so close to the sea. I would not want to live too far inland.
PCL: Thanks Debbie!
DB: Thank you.
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