Work Life Quiz: Janvi Patel, Halebury

Janvi Patel

What was your first-ever job?

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

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