Today we’re chatting to Iain Cutts from our York branch to find out more about him and his role at Ison Harrison.

Iain joined our legal team in York in 2020 and previously worked at Ware and Kay Solicitors and Sykes, Lee and Brydson in York. He is a recognised family law expert in York.

What is your day to day role?

My role is varied and it usually includes speaking with clients, forming an idea of their priorities and objectives and then advising on the best approach to achieve and accommodate these.

Family law matters can be complex, so I move cases forward from advice and correspondence to negotiation with other solicitors. There’s lots of document drafting and of course, where necessary, going to court.

How many years have you been a family law solicitor?

Over 28 years! I have always enjoyed being able to help with wide-ranging family matters and ultimately find a resolution for even the most complex of cases.

Which areas of family law do you specialise in?

I cover all aspects of family law but I would say that the work that comes up most frequently would be divorce, cohabitation and private Children Act work.

What do you find most rewarding about family law?

I would say that the trust and relationship I build with a client is the most rewarding part. I enjoy being able to act quickly and effectively for them.

What do you find most challenging about family law?

I suppose this would be the fact that the approach of the person on the other side or the solicitor that is handling their case could result in more stress and costs for our client. Unfortunately, sometimes, there is no effective way of avoiding this but we are always here to help our client every step of the way with any such challenges.

How do you think your area of law has changed over the last 5 years?

I think the most significant change has been the increased acceptance and use of technology. I think that it’s become rather more standardised and less discursive; and that’s undoubtedly been accelerated by online divorce, and the restrictions of the pandemic.

What’s the most useful piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

I would say that the most useful advice is that inevitably, from time to time, you’ll end up getting things slightly wrong, and that you just have to accept and live with that.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I am very active outside of work and enjoy running, circuit training and walks in the Moors and Dales with my wife. I also enjoy cryptic crosswords!

Any interesting / little known facts about you?

My youngest daughter and I are very good at puns and “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” style games – we probably spend too much of our time amusing each other in this way!

If you weren’t a solicitor, what would you be doing?

Good question! I would probably be a writer, with a focus on humorous content. I once freelanced writing captions for greeting cards which was fun!

How would your friends describe you?

A friend recently said that I never listened to Radio 1 as a child, but instead from a very young age listened to Radio 3 and 4. Which isn’t actually true, but maybe gives an idea of how they like to paint me!

Thanks Iain!

You can find Iain Cutts at our York solicitors located at 23 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JH. To contact Iain directly about a family law matter, please email iain.cutts@isonharrison.co.uk or call 01904 917 986.