Travers’ chief-to-be takes Indian sabbatical

Travers Smith’s incoming managing partner Andrew Lilley, who takes over from Chris Carroll in January, will take a five-week break during October and November to work at Ashray Akrutia, a school for the deaf in India. Adopt A Business, a UK company that organises sabbaticals for professionals, arranged the sabbatical for Lilley, who will apply his business expertise to ­running the school. Travers offers its partners ­periodic sabbaticals, but Lilley had yet to take his. “It seems ­sensible, before starting as ­managing partner, to recharge the batteries,” he said.