APPOINTMENTS: Jeff Banks on a New Legal Career A; My First Step to Success Mark Hookham Meets JEFF VERNON, Consumer Credit Lawyer
Byline: Mark Hookham
TTHEageof 41,Jeff Vernon decided to bring his career as a financier to a close and embark on anew life as a commerciallawyer.
Jeff,afather of two, said he has not looked back from making the ``biggest decision of my life.''
He is now one of Liverpool's most respected consumer credit lawyers, having recently been headhunted by leading law firmDLA.
He said: ``It was a big step tomakebut for me it was the right time to do it.
``I remember during one of my first lectures at law school another pupil told me I might pass my exams but I would never get a training contract at my age.
``Law is very competitive,but as with all things you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it.''
Jeff,47,from Ormskirk,joined the Midland Bank's graduate trainee scheme after graduating from Leeds University. But after two years he decided banking was not for him and he left for anew job at finance com-pany Lombard. He said: ``I was doing all the obvious things such as cancelling cheques and foreign transactions but I wasn't meeting clients, which is what I consider as proper banking.
``I would have been able tome et clients after about three or four years but Lombardallowedme to do that a lot quicker.'' He worked for 19 years for Lombard, where he arranged loans ranging from thousands of pounds to small entrepreneurial businesses to multi-million pound arrangements with international manufacturing firms. …