Emma Carey is managing partner at fast-growing Liverpool law firm MSB. Previously head of the firm’s family department, Emma has played a prominent role in MSB’s growth since it was established 30 years ago.
From a single-office firm employing two solicitors, one trainee and a secretary, MSB now operate three offices across the city and employ more than 140 staff It is recognised as one of the most progressive and forwardthinking firms in the North West, both in terms of it’s developing credentials in new and niche areas of the law, but also in terms of its commitment to social value.
First ever job
I was a barmaid in a well known bar, Plumbers, which was based on Hardman Street in Liverpool.
Plumbers was a firm favourite for a number of years, and it is here I actually first met a number of people I am still friends with today.
My role here taught me the importance of honest hard work and grit, and the value of being a team player – something I have taken with me through my entire career.
Person you look up to
There are lots of people I admire, but perhaps none more so than my dad, Dr Martin Carey.
Currently my dad is Head of Regeneration at Everton FC, involved in a £100m regeneration initiative to create a legacy at Goodison Park, once the club moves to its new stadium in the next five years.
He is also involved with charities One Brick at a Time, The Anthony Walker Foundation an The Hope Opportunity Trust and is an active member a number of organisations in Merseyside, including the Merseyside Anti Racial Alliance, LSC; LPG; HEI Consortium, and is chair of equal opportunities.
In his earlier life, he lectured in sociology and industrial relations and I truly believe it is from him
I inherited my passion and commitment for social justice.
Best book you’ve ever read
I always recommend Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram. It is a book I have personally read again and again, and which was made more special following a trip to Mumbai. India is one of my most-visited and best-loved destinations.
Pinch yourself moment
Probably making the Legal 500 Leading Individuals list. I had previously seen myself primarily as a businesswoman, the person responsible for driving forward our team and its growth.
But the law and access to justice is ultimately my passion. To be recognised for this was a truly proud moment.
Something people wouldn’t know about you is …
I always wanted to live at Number 10 Downing Street.
How do you switch off?
Best piece of advice for others?
We have two ears and one mouth for a reason, let’s listen more.