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In the Hot Seat, is our new business feature, getting to know successful business professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries across Huddersfield. In the Hot Seat this week is Gareth Dando, Partner in the Employment Department of Ramsdens Solicitors.

What was your first job?

My first job was behind a bar when I was 16. Pretty sure it wasn’t legal.

What does your company do, and how does your role support the company goal? 

I am a Solicitor and Partner at Ramsdens Solicitors – a regional, independent law firm with 14 offices across Yorkshire. I’m one of a team of 6 who help clients with Employment Law and am based at our Huddersfield office.

If you weren’t in your current position, where would you be?

If I wasn’t an employment Solicitor I think I would be a Sports Journalist. I have advised the Professional Footballers Association for a number of years and am also heavily involved with Frickley Athletic Football Club.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

As I get older I’m definitely more of an early bird.

What behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

The ability to see the bigger picture. Lots of people get bogged down arguing over minor details

What is your proudest achievement (personal or work-related)?

 Raising £750k for my local football club to build new changing rooms for the junior teams.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

Time travel

What is your top tip for success in business/career?

Hard work and determination

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

Leg spin bowling

What’s your most-used emoji?

Face palm 🤦‍♂️

What are your hopes for the future of Huddersfield (say, 10 years from now)?

That more people are encouraged to live in the town centre and the place becomes revitalised.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was once in a police line-up. I wasn’t picked though

If you were to host a dinner party with three influential people (alive or deceased) who would you have dinner with and why?

Muhammad Ali and Louis Zamperini both had incredible lives along with Bob Mortimer for a bit of light relief

What would you do if you won the Lottery?

Lead the mighty Frickley Athletic to Champions League glory