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BSPC People . . . who’s in-house? Each issue we get to know a BSPC professional from one of BSPC’s member firms and this week we are speaking to - Jane Riddell from Cullen Kilshaw Tell us about your role within Cullen Kilshaw?

How long have you worked with the firm?

What would be your ideal holiday?

Primarily I work as a Conveyancing Paralegal, however, I am also a qualified Wills, Trusts and Executry Paralegal and SOLAS qualified Cashier.

I have worked with the Firm for almost two years now having previously worked for Collie & Company for 17 years prior to it merging with Cullen Kilshaw.

Any time spent with my daughter and husband ideally with a bit of sunshine thrown in – we all seem to lead very busy lives, my husband is a driving instructor and works a lot of unsociable hours so family time is very precious.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy meeting with clients and assisting them with their legal requirements, trying to make things run as smoothly and with as little stress as possible for them. I am very fortunate in that I work as part of an amazing team who support each other and no matter how busy or stressful a day can be we still have our lighter moments which keep me going.

What keeps you busy when you’re not at the office? I am a glorified taxi service for my 11 year old daughter taking her to various out of school activities or just generally socialising with her friends! We have a dog Murphy, a miniature Schnauzer, who enjoys regular and long walks whatever the weather!

Where’s your favourite place in the Borders? Where I live, Stow, I love living in the village there is a great community spirit, it is surrounded by amazing countryside and of course we now have the benefit of our own train station too!

Name two things you can’t live without? I hate to say it but my mobile phone and also my laptop! Tell us about your home or dream home? Since buying our house a few years ago we have built an extension and have done some fairly major works to the front and rear gardens with the assistance of our gardening experts in the form of my mother-in-law and father-in-law. It has been a lot of hard work for all involved but I am delighted with the results.

What’s your greatest achievement? I suppose it would be studying and achieving my various paralegal/SOLAS qualifications this has involved attending night classes in Edinburgh once a week for two years for my SOLAS qualification and for my Paralegal qualifications home study which was all achieved whilst working full time and some of it whilst being pregnant with my daughter and when she was very young – looking back I am not sure how I managed it but I am glad that I did.

What’s your favourite Borders eatery? Has to be The Salmon Inn, Galashiels – food is always fabulous and great service. Who is your favourite author/ artist or designer? I enjoy reading James Patterson novels – I like a detective/police drama - big fan of Alex Cross!

What’s playing in your car right now? Anything by Little Mix! I am taking my daughter to see them at Newcastle in a couple of weeks’ time so we are getting in a bit of practice singing along in the car!

What natural talent would you like to have? I would like to be good at baking – I am shocking nothing ever seems to look like it’s supposed to no matter how closely I follow a recipe.

BSPC People... who's in-house?  

We get to know a BSPC professional from one of BSPC's member firms, Jane Riddell from Cullen Kilshaw. Visit and www.cullenki...

BSPC People... who's in-house?  

We get to know a BSPC professional from one of BSPC's member firms, Jane Riddell from Cullen Kilshaw. Visit and www.cullenki...