LUCY ADAMS leads a double life. During the day she is a rising star in the family law team at Tees Valley firm Archers Law.

On April 1, she will become one of the youngest people in the firm’s history to be made an associate solicitor and she recently joined an elite group of regional solicitors who have obtained the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation in specialist financial and children matters.

Away from helping people cope with what can often be very emotionally-charged matters, she relaxes by serenading guests at some of the region’s most luxurious hotels.

She started playing the piano 20 years ago and began to perform at school concerts and family gatherings before starting to play at weddings professionally “I love playing the piano and I think I always will.

“It’s just so relaxing and a complete contrast to my day job as a solicitor.” said the 28- year-old who lives in Middlesbrough with her husband, David.

As well as being one of the resident pianists at Rockliffe Hall, in Hurworth, near Darlington, for the past two years, she also regularly plays at Gisborough Hall, in Guisborough, Wynyard Hall, near Billingham, and Tall Trees, in Yarm.

She has an extensive musical repertoire which ranges from jazz and classical to the latest hits.

And she particularly enjoys performing songs by Billy Joel, Nina Simone and Adele.

At Rockliffe she can often be found entertaining guests who are there enjoying Sunday afternoon tea and she is the resident pianist on Monday evenings in the Kenny Atkinson Orangery restaurant.

And while artists such as Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Adele are the most popular, Lucy has noticed an increase in the number of requests she receives to perform Punjabi music.

Mrs Adams will shortly perform for a couple who asked her to play the piano while they dance the foxtrot.

“I don’t come from a musical background at all.

“But my parents wanted me to play the piano and I think once I started getting better and playing more popular music, I began to enjoy it.

“Playing the piano is a complete contrast to my day job at Archers Law.

“I love working as a family solicitor. However, playing the piano for events relaxes me.

“To be honest, I don’t really see it as a job because I enjoy it so much and I feel privileged that I can play at people’s weddings and at Rockliffe Hall.

“I’d have to say overall it’s modern day music I enjoy performing the most as it’s not quite as intense as classical or jazz.

“I have been lucky enough to play for a few well-known people. I once played for Peter Andre at Tall Trees. He was so friendly.

“I can remember he was wearing a silver tracksuit during the event he was hosting.

That was a great experience.”

Other famous faces who have heard her play include Foreign Secretary William Hague and Steve Gibson, the Middlesbrough chairman and owner of the Rockliffe Hall complex.

Mrs Adams is available to play for weddings and functions.

For more details, visit her website