Work Life Quiz: Rajan Shori, HowardKennedyFsi

Rajan Shori

What was your first ever job?

Trainee solicitor – and it showed.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

None. I have fond memories of my training contract. Actually, there was this one time…

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?

Mark [Dembovsky]’s blog. I’m not sure what the trainees and smokers talk about anymore.

What time do you usually leave the office?

I start late and leave late.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Novikov (this week).

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?

A Bollywood actor. Or creative head in an advertising agency.

What’s your favourite film?

Rain Man.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Dancing in the Dark, by Bruce Springsteen.

Who’s your hero and why?

Sir Alex – always ambitious. And my father, for the same reason plus his generosity.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Biz dev.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Justifying biz dev to the CEO.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

No mistakes, no regrets – just things you do and things you don’t.

What book are you reading?

Israel Is Real, by Rich Cohen.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

American Psycho.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

Come on, that’s below the belt. You know I’m a property lawyer. Actually, the London US Embassy job still does it for me.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?

The way to ruin any location is to have a partner conference there.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).

I was teetotal until the age of 25; I was told I was good enough to be a professional snooker player when I was 10; I’ve written off four cars.


Name: Rajan Shori

Title: Partner, transaction finance

Firm: HowardKennedyFsi

Lives: Chislehurst and Hadley Wood


1985-1993: Colfe’s School, London

1993-1996: Queen Mary College, University of London

1996-1997: College Of Law, London

Work history:

1997-1999: Trainee, Hunters

1999-2000: Associate, Hunters

2000-2013: Partner (and head of real estate finance from 2008), Manches

Present: Partner, HowardKennedyFsi