Profiles

Hot 100 career quiz: Ardonagh Group chief counsel Frances Coats

Name: Frances Coats Organisation: The Ardonagh Group Role: Chief Counsel – Corporate & Commercial Trained at: White & Case Year qualified: 2007 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Almost as soon as I’d started my training contract, I was sent to Vienna on a few hours’ notice […]

Hot 100 career quiz: HSF’s Caroline Rae

Name: Caroline Rae Organisation: Herbert Smith Freehills Role: Partner Trained at: Herbert Smith Freehills Year qualified: 2007 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I had a wonderful six month secondment to Hong Kong as a trainee and I remember my first completion there as if it were […]

Hot 100 career quiz: CMS partner Clare Thomas

Name: Clare Thomas Organisation: CMS Role: Partner Year qualified: 2000 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee?  Arriving for my final seat in real estate, expecting to sit in open plan but being guided to a desk in the corner of a senior partner’s office. Keen to impress, […]

Hot 100 career quiz: infected blood inquiry lawyer Des Collins

Name: Des Collins Organisation: Collins Solicitors Role: Senior Partner Trained at: Nabarro Year qualified: 1975 Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Forgetting to brief counsel on a heavily contested half day application and not realising my error until outside the door of the Court facing, to say […]

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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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