Hot 100 career quiz: Pinsent Masons’ Fred Banning

Name: Fred Banning Firm: Pinsent Masons Role: Head of corporate communications Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a grad trainee? Well, not as a trainee but as a junior PR account executive at Kysen PR, I remember being dispatched to Wells Street to collect some back copies of The […]

Hot 100 career quiz: First Quantum Minerals’ Ciaran Boyle

Name:  Ciaran Boyle Organisation: First Quantum Minerals Role: Manager – Legal Trained at: Dentons Year qualified: 2011 Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I vividly remember being somewhat bemused (terrified) when in my first few days as a trainee a partner in the financial regulation team seemed […]

Black History Month: Osborne Clarke’s TK Spiff

Coming from a Nigerian background there a few avenues you are pushed down, and my mum thought being a lawyer was what I was good at. Sciences didn’t work for me; law made sense at age 16. I was born in Oxford but grew up in Aylesbury. I have been in London for six years […]

Black History Month: Black Men in Law co-founder Isaac Eloi

I took Religious Studies, Business Studies, English and Spanish as A Levels. I liked reading, writing and analysing things that were linked to intellectual pursuits. I wanted to study something with languages and Law seemed like a good choice, so I read Law with Spanish at Sheffield. * Challenges came thick and fast and started […]

Black History Month: Heward-Mills’ Dyann Heward-Mills

I spent my formative years in Ghana until the age of 12 when I moved to the UK. I went to school in Nottingham. It was at sixth form college where I found myself and where I met more diverse people – my school was mainly white. It was strange being surrounded by a sea […]

Black History Month: BCLP’s Segun Osuntokun

I was born in Nigeria and came to England when I was 15 to go to boarding school to do my A-Levels. I did a couple of degrees – economics in London and a law degree in Oxford. I did my articles at and joined Wilde Sapte as a litigator and that is what I […]

Black History Month: 3VB’s Teniola Onabanjo

I moved to the UK (Romford in Essex) from Nigeria when I was 15 – that was a culture shock. Prior to that point I had never travelled outside of Nigeria. It was an interesting couple of years adjusting to the culture. Unusually, I studied law at A-Level. I enjoyed it so decided to study […]

Black History Month: Natasha Shotunde, Garden Court Chambers

My mother is a single parent of Nigerian and Kenyan descent, I grew up in Tottenham. There is something where parents from those backgrounds expect you to go into medicine, law, accountancy or an engineer. Every other job isn’t a job. I considered careers at an early age. I wanted to be a doctor initially […]

Black History Month: Globeleq’s Pamela Dusu

If I am honest it wasn’t that I put tonnes of thought into the decision to become a lawyer when I was 18. I was strong across a range of different subjects at school. I did Biology, Chemistry, History and German at A Level and could have gone in several different directions.  I felt the […]

Black History Month: Doughty Street’s Tunde Okewale

I initially wanted to be an athlete and had aspirations to be an Olympian. When I was 16 – with some prodding from my parents I focussed on academics. I was a good sprinter but there are a lot of transferable skills – one of them being self-motivated – something that is very important at […]

Black History Month: Keating Chambers’ Krista Lee QC

There may not have been any doctors or lawyers among the people I grew up with, but everyone I admired shared a sense of public duty and its rewards. Many first-generation Britons will share my experience of helping older family members navigate the unfamiliar systems that surround them. I may have been a quiet child, […]

Black History Month: Arnold & Porter’s Kathleen Harris

I went to a state school in North London. One of the biggest challenges was getting people to accept that you had the ability to pursue goals. I watched a documentary when I was 16 called 14 days in May. It was about Edward Earl Johnson who was innocent and was on death row in […]

Black History Month: Mayer Brown’s Kwadwo Sarkodie

I am mixed race; my father is from Ghana and my mother is from the UK. I was born in the UK but grew up in Tanzania. I spent my formative years there and came to the UK aged 12 for secondary school and university, but regularly travelled to Tanzania over that period. I have […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Irwin Mitchell partner Emilie Cole

Name: Emilie Cole Firm: Irwin Mitchell Role: Partner Trained at: Duncan Lewis & Co Year qualified: 2006 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Very early on as trainee, I was asked to travel from London up to Liverpool to visit a new client on my own: a […]

Black History Month: Lewis Silkin’s Andrew Wanambwa

My mother is American, my father is Kenyan and I was born in Canada. I emigrated to this country when I was eight years old. After arriving in this country we moved around and I went to a variety of different schools. I studied law at Warwick University and then completed an LLM at King’s […]

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The Lawyer Awards shortlist: GC of the Year

The award for GC of the Year, sponsored in 2020 by FTI Consulting, always throws up a fascinating list of in-house talent and 2020 is no exception. The nominees this year span the worlds of finance, travel, education, health, energy and more. Natasha Lewis was University College London‘s first in-house lawyer. Now its director of legal […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Hogan Lovells partner Emily Reid

Name: Emily Reid Organisation: Hogan Lovells Role: Partner Year qualified: 1984 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Probably the completion meeting I attended to close a bond issue when one of the bankers asked me if I’d like to perform a ‘floor show’. The documents had been […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Ashurst partner Naomi Horton

Name: Naomi Horton Firm: Ashurst Role: Partner Trained at: Clifford Chance Year qualified: 1992 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? A real highlight was spending my third seat in Tokyo, which also included spending my time single sculling on the Tokyo 1964 Olympic rowing course from Nihon […]

Hot 100 career quiz: WFW’s Rebecca Williams

Name: Rebecca Williams Firm: Watson Farley & Williams Role: Partner Year qualified: 1997 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I qualified in Australia in 1997 and practised in New South Wales for four and a half years before moving to the UK in 2001.  I have many […]

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My career story: “I left law to become a poet”

Mona Arshi is a prize-winning poet and former human rights lawyer. She recently won the Forward prize for best first collection.  You began your training contract at JR Jones in the same week that Doreen and Neville Lawrence instructed the firm on the murder of their son Stephen. How did that time influence the rest […]

Deborah Grimason

My career story: Travis Perkins general counsel Deborah Grimason

Travis Perkins general counsel Deborah Grimason grew up around business – though she’d be the first to admit that her father’s bakery delivery business in rural Northern Ireland was a far cry from the FTSE 100 company she now guides through legal minefields. Grimason knew two things growing up: that she wanted to enter a profession […]

David Patient

My career story: “I moved into management”

Travers Smith’s David Patient gives his advice for those moving into a management role. Was moving into a management position always a career objective for you? It has certainly not always been a career objective for me, but something that evolved over time. I had the good fortune to have the opportunity to open our […]