THE PROPERTY litigation solicitor Jane Bloomer has a big spring in her step.
Jane, who works for Howes Percival in Northampton, is a national standard ceroc dancer and has appeared on BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever.
She said: “Dancing couldn’t be more different from what I do at work which is why I like it. You can let yourself go and it is an excellent way to wind down.”
Ceroc dancing is a fusion of jive and salsa, and Jane has competed in both team and individual competitions nationally.
Although the dancing is very different to her work as a solicitor, Jane said the training involved meant she had to be very self-disciplined – something that is very important in her profession.
“Competing in and winning dance competitions also taught me how to achieve a result,” explained Jane. “When you experience success you know what it takes to get there and that lends itself to lots of experiences.”
Jane works for both residential and commercial clients and decided to specialise in property litigation because of the variety of the work. “No two scenarios are the same,” said Jane. “I deal with everything from complex rent reviews to explaining clauses in leases to tenants. I like to be helpful whenever I can and if people need something explaining that’s something I’m happy to do. I also enjoy achieving a result for someone.”
As well as her dancing, Jane gets involved in Howes Percival’s community efforts. The staff help at two community-based projects a year, recently planting trees in Sywell Country Park.
Jane said: “It is important to give back. I like to make a longer- term contribution on a smaller scale and got involved in the Right to Read project at Spring Lane primary school for a year.
“Howes Percival is very committed to its community work.”
Jane has danced for events such as dragon boat festivals, birthday parties and at corporate events.
Since February she has been practising with a new team.
“It is difficult to get everyone together so we have been using video-phone technology a lot,” said Jane.
“Despite all the national competitions I’ve competed in I was most nervous when I danced at the firm’s Christmas party, but it was well-received and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”