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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
When I was 13 I worked in my father’s accountancy office to deal with a backlog of filing. The filing cabinets were in the basement and by the time I left they couldn’t even find the key to the basement. My father has never hired me to help with admin since.
What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Having a 150-page corporate due diligence report which I spent three months working on ripped apart, with so many colour coordinated amendments I couldn’t even read the writing underneath. I cried.
What do you do at weekends?
Run around after my three children. A trip to the zoo or the park is usually required for my sanity.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A travel journalist.
What’s your favourite film?
Lord of War.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Take On Me by A-ha.
Who’s your hero and why?
My mother. She worked full-time, raised two kids, supported my father’s business and made sure we had a full Indian meal (freshly cooked) every day.
What’s your biggest career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Not moving to an in-house position earlier. In-house gives you an amazing insight and experience.
What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?
A complicated cross-border outsourcing deal with works councils, unions – the lot. It pushed everyone to the limit.
What car do you drive?
Range Rover Sports Super Charged. It has a fridge in it.
What book are you reading?
Open by Andre Agassi.
If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
My iPad and my husband.
What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
About 36 hours.
If a movie was being made about your life, which actress would play you and why?
Angelina Jolie. Why not?
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Anyone who can’t control their bodily functions.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)…
I’d like a tummy tuck; I enjoy living in Los Angeles; I love shopping. You have to know me well to know which one is not true.
Name: Janvi Patel Firm: Halebury Title: Director and co-founder Lives: London and Los Angeles
Education 1991-95: University of Manchester 1996-97: Law, College Of Law, Store Street
Work history 1998-2000: Trainee, Charles Russell 2000-05: Employment assistant, Charles Russell 2005-06: Senior employment legal adviser EMEA, Nortel Networks 2007-present: Director, Halebury