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Our Armed Forces Colleagues

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Posted by Wolferstans Admin on 16th September 2021

Armed Forces
Wolferstans Solicitors has a proud history of supporting our Armed Forces community. Many of our colleagues are Veterans or families of service personnel and Veterans.

We have policies in place to support our Armed Forces community colleagues, including those who choose to join the Reserve Services, and offer information about joining the Reserves and Regulars throughout the year.

Wolferstans signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015 and were awarded the Gold Defence Employers Recognition Scheme Award in 2017, the first law firm in the Country. We were very proud to accept the Award from Prince Harry!

Here’s a few questions we asked some of our colleagues from our Armed Forces community:


Corrin Masters, Army Intelligence Corps Veteran


How long did you serve in the Army?

7 years

What was your job title?

Intelligence Analyst

Give us an example of a day to day task in the Army?

Very varied depending on the particular job role of the posting; anything from physical training, analysis of intelligence data, vehicle maintenance, travelling, preparing and presenting intelligence briefs for personnel.

Why did you leave?

To be able to be the mum to my children that my mum was to me. I didn’t want to miss their first steps!

What do you miss about the Army?

The spontaneity of jobs, travel and adventure.

What is your job role now?

Legal assistant in the Court of Protection Team of Wolferstans.

Tell us the main skills the Army equipped you with that benefit your work here?

Dealing with large amounts of data, prioritising and working to multiple deadlines and working under pressure.

How do you get involved in events now that support our armed forces community?

Wolferstans hold the Gold Award under the MOD Armed Forces covenant employer recognition scheme. I am lucky that my employer supports me to be involved in events which support the armed forces community so I get more opportunities to be involved in events which otherwise I may not see advertised!


James Barclay, Royal Tank Regiment Army Veteran


How long did you serve in the Army?

10 years

What was your job title?

Tank crewman and Squadron Signals NCO

Give us an example of a day to day task in the Army?

As a Controlled Signaller I was responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the communications equipment installed on all the Squadron’s vehicles (armoured and soft skinned) and for carrying out any field repairs required. As Gunner Mech I also assisted the Squadron and Regimental Gunnery Instructors in making sure all our turret crews maintained the skills they required to fight their tanks. On top of that I commanded the Squadron tracked ambulance, so I had to ensure that that vehicle was always ready to deploy at short notice if required.

Why did you leave?

Uncertainty caused by the amalgamation of our Regiment under Options for Change in 1992, caused me to re-evaluate what the future held for me in the Army.

What do you miss about the Army?

The comradery of working within a close-knit crew.

What is your job role now?

Compliance Manager here at Wolferstans.

Tell us the main skills the Army equipped you with that benefit your work here?

Dealing with large complex issues and being able to prioritise my time in order to meet multiple deadlines and be able to work under pressure.

How do you get involved in events now that support our Armed Forces community?

Although new to Wolferstans, I am keen to involve myself in the events my employer runs in support of the Armed Forces community and I have a keen interest in ensuring that our Armed Forces Veterans and their families continue to get the respect and support they so rightly deserve.


Natasha Mason, Royal Navy Veteran


How long did you serve in the Royal Navy?

19 years plus 16 months reserve service.

What was your job title?

Weapons Engineer

Give us an example of a day to day task in the Royal Navy?

Check engineering defect register and carry out required works; conduct daily routines checking all engineering equipment for daily use; react to emergencies such as fire alarms or man over board alarms and of course just like any good weapons engineer, I’d ensure the kettle and the television were fully operational!

Why did you leave?

Medical Discharge

What do you miss about the Royal Navy?

Variety of each day, camaraderie and free socks!

What is your job role now?

Trainee Solicitor in the Personal Injury department.

Tell us the main skills the Royal Navy equipped you with that benefit your work here?

Adaptability; can do attitude; thinking outside the box

How do you get involved in events now that support our armed forces community?

I’m also the Armed Forces Co-ordinator at Wolferstans and arrange for us to support various events including Armed Forces Day, Poppy Day, Walking Home for Christmas, Bake for Heroes, HMS Raleigh’s Cornwell cycling challenge and many more.