Profiles

Jonathan Blair Womble Bond Dickinson

Hot 100 career quiz: Jonathan Blair

Name: Jonathan Blair Position: Co-chair and UK managing partner Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson Trained at: Wragge & Co In Hot 100 for: Leading Bond Dickinson into a major US merger. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I did my training at Wragges in Birmingham in the late 1980s and as a […]

Elizabeth Bradley, head of corporate tax group, BLP

Hot 100 career quiz: Elizabeth Bradley

Name: Elizabeth Bradley Position: Partner, global head of tax Firm: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Trained at: Berwin Leighton Paisner In Hot 100 for: Taking tax to the top of BCLP’s agenda. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? While I was a corporate trainee, I was asked to attend a closing meeting […]

Adrian Beltrami QC 3 Verulam Buildings

The Hot 100 career quiz: Adrian Beltrami

Name: Adrian Beltrami QC Chambers: 3 Verulam Buildings Position: Barrister, Joint head of chambers In Hot 100 for: Defending banks in many of the biggest finance cases in the UK courts. Read his full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? I particularly remember, on my first day, being locked in my pupil […]

Sally Davies Mayer Brown

The Hot 100 Career Quiz: Sally Davies

Name: Sally Davies Firm: Mayer Brown Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Becoming Mayer Brown’s first female London senior partner. Read her full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? There was a particularly hideous checking exercise of a trial bundle. There had been some photocopying errors, which meant the whole set […]

Rod Freeman, Cooley

The Hot 100 career quiz: Rod Freeman

Name: Rod Freeman Firm: Cooley Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Combining product liability law with tech expertise; Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee/pupil? I started my career in a small high-street firm in the suburbs of Sydney, where I was given […]

Julia Boyle Telefonica

Hot 100 career quiz: Julia Boyle

Name: Julia Boyle Organisation: Telefonica Position: Deputy GC Trained at: Norton Rose In Hot 100 for: Work opposing the judicial review of Ofcom’s spectrum auction last year and negotiating renewal of rights to O2 events. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? The only one I’m prepared to admit […]

Trevor Griffith, Sharpe Pritchard
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The Hot 100 career quiz: Trevor Griffiths

Name: Trevor Griffiths Firm: Sharpe Pritchard Position: Partner Trained at: Sharpe Pritchard In Hot 100 for: Isle of Wight Council v Platt, the landmark Supreme Court school attendance case. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I am actually old enough to have done Articles and therefore was an […]

Anna Cook, Bristows

Hot 100 career quiz: Anna Cook

Name: Anna Cook Firm: Bristows Position: Partner Trained at: Dorman & Co In Hot 100 for: Working on one of last year’s largest advertising technology cases. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My most vivid memories involve running. I did my training contract at a shipping […]

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Nick Kirby

Name: Nick Kirby Firm: Mishcon de Reya Position: Managing associate Trained at: Mishcon de Reya In Hot 100 for: Being at the forefront of Mishcon de Reya’s technology drive. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Mishcon ran a series of videos for trainee recruitment on its Mishcon Graduates […]

Ingrid York, partner, White & Case, derivatives head, Hot 100

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Ingrid York

Name: Ingrid York Position: Partner Firm: White & Case In Hot 100 for: Becoming head of White & Case’s derivatives and structured finance group, taking the lead on a novel, precedent-setting matters. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Reading template contracts and text books for days on end before I […]

Caroline Kenny, Facebook

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Caroline Kenny

Name: Caroline Kenny Organisation: Facebook Trained at: Hammonds Position: Associate General Counsel, Marketing and Advertising In Hot 100 for: Managing Facebook’s growing workload. Read her full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee?  Sitting upright in a chair with my head propped up in the corner of an opaque glass office desperately […]

Alex Gerbi, Quinn Emanuel

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Alex Gerbi

Name: Alex Gerbi Firm: Quinn Emanuel Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Acting for Ukraine as it works through its political and economic troubles. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Being sent alone to Halifax, Nova Scotia in the depths of winter to interview witnesses relating to a […]

Judith Ayling 39 Essex Court

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Judith Ayling

“The most directly influential person on my career? The mature law student who said I could either give a career change a go or sit around and wait to die in Cambridge.”

Louisa Ghevaert, Michelmores

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Louisa Ghevaert

Name: Louisa Ghevaert Firm: Michelmores Position: Partner, head of fertility and parenting team Trained at: Hart Brown In Hot 100 for: Cutting-edge fertility law cases. Read her full Hot 100 profile here. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Being taken out of my comfort zone and learning to think on my feet. Being a trainee […]

Sean Upson, Stewarts, litigation lawyer

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Sean Upson

Name: Sean Upson Firm: Stewarts Position: Partner Trained at: Baker & McKenzie In Hot 100 for: Leading on Stewarts’ big-ticket litigation. Read his full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? As a trainee I was in a team dealing with the Hoover free flights dispute (Hoover offered a free flight to anyone […]

Picture of Vidisha Joshi, Hodge Jones & Allen managing partner to illustrate The Lawyer Hot 100 Vidisha Joshi, Hodge Jones & Allen career quiz

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Vidisha Joshi

“If time was no object, I’d love to offer the kind of mentoring that I offer some of the lawyers at HJA to female lawyers starting out on their careers.”

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Hot 100 Career Quiz: Charles Hayes

Charlie Hayes: “I’d love to spend more time thinking about the law firm of the future and how legal services should evolve to serve our millennial clients.”

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Hot 100 Career Quiz: Victoria Gaskell

Name: Victoria Gaskell Firm: CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Position: Partner Trained at: Olswang In Hot 100 for: Juggling her big media work with the process of integrating Olswang’s media offering into CMS and Nabarro. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Well I specifically remember a […]

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Hot 100 Career Quiz: David Green QC

Name: David Green QC Organisation: Serious Fraud Office Position: Director Pupillage: 5 King’s Bench Walk In Hot 100 for: Successfully leading the SFO. Read his full Hot 100 profile here. What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? Turning up at 5 King’s Bench Walk on a damp October morning in 1979 to begin my […]

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Hot 100 Career Quiz: Sean Jones QC

Sean Jones QC, 11KBW, who is in The Lawyer Hot 100 for a series of landmark cases in 2018 and his Billable Hour Campaign talks about his early career memories: “I reached a point where I’d had so little sleep I complained to a fellow pupil that his fizzy water was ‘too loud’ and was breaking my concentration.”

Rachael Heenan, Capstick

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Rachael Heenan

Name: Rachael Heenan Firm: Capsticks Position: Senior partner Trained at: Littleton Chambers In Hot 100 for: Repositioning Capticks in the market. Read her full Hot 100 entry. What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? I trained at Littleton Chambers in employment law so was lucky to have superb experience including with John Bowers QC on Smith […]

Callum Sinclair, Burness Paull

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Callum Sinclair

This year, we’ve put some career questions to all our Hot 100 and will be running their responses over the coming months. First up, Burness Paull’s Callum Sinclair.

Daniel O'Gorman, Walker Morris, Hot 100

O’Gorman, Daniel – Walker Morris

Daniel O’Gorman joined Walker Morris a little over two years ago after previously working at  Travers Smith and DWF. Since then he has taken a leading role on some landmark matters. Simultaneously, he has made a significant contribution to the Yorkshire firm’s ambition of extending its corporate practice internationally. As the relationship partner to many […]

Sam Longworth, Stewarts Law

Longworth, Sam – Stewarts

As one of the youngest equity partners at Stewarts, Sam Longworth is fast cementing his reputation as a go-to name in high-stakes divorce claims. From high-net-worth to not-for-profit Acting for clients whose assets run into the billions, Longworth has developed a high-net-worth client base comprised of international families and the City’s power players. However, one […]

Sean Upson, Stewarts, litigation lawyer

Upson, Sean – Stewarts

Commercial litigator Sean Upson is no stranger to the Hot 100. He first made the cut in 2008 when The Lawyer recognised his role in building the start-up Masseys into the successful boutique it became before it merged with Stewarts Law in 2010. Since Upson joined the larger firm, commercial litigation at Stewarts has gone […]

Michael-Leadbeater

William Hill’s GC on balancing regulation, the gambling boom and social responsibility

As gambling comes under ever-increasing scrutiny from regulators, internal and external colleagues offer invaluable advice to William Hill’s Michael Leadbeater William Hill is one of the UK’s largest betting companies with annual revenues of nearly £2bn. The group employs 16,000 people and has about 2,300 high street shops nationally. The FTSE 250 company has also […]

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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 […]

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