Profiles

Hot 100 career quiz: Michelmores’ insect specialist Rachel O’Connor

Name: Rachel O’Connor Firm: Michelmores Role: Senior associate Trained at: Harold Michelmores (now incorporated into Wollens) Year qualified: 2010 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? A site visit with the Judge and counsel days before a trial where I was acting for a client who was defending […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Ashurst digital disruptor Tara Waters

Name: Tara Waters Firm: Ashurst Role: Partner and co-CEO of Ashurst Digital Ventures Trained at: Allen & Overy Year qualified: 2009 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I did not do a training contract as I am US-qualified. However, one of the first memories as a lawyer […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Elevate co-founder John Croft

Name: John Croft Company: Elevate Role: President and Co-Founder Trained at: University of life Year qualified: I didn’t Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My first memory of being a (sales) trainee was my first ever sales manager, Albert Johnson, who told me “When in doubt, go […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Freshfields partner Victoria Sigeti

Name: Victoria Sigeti Firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Role: Partner Trained at: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Year qualified: 2003 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I remember sitting in my first conference with counsel, which was held in person on the Freshfields’ client floor within a few weeks of […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Cadwalader funds star Samantha Hutchinson

Name: Samantha Hutchinson Firm: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Role: Partner Trained at: Hogan Lovells Year qualified: 2001 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Walking into the office to close a project finance deal on a Monday and not leaving the office until Thursday afternoon. Clients and advisers were […]

Hot 100 career quiz: barrister and entrepreneur Andrew Thornton QC

Name: Andrew Thornton QC Firm: Erskine Chambers Role: Barrister/QC from March 2020  Trained at: Erskine Chambers and 8 Stone Buildings (now 10 Old Square) Year qualified: 1994 Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? Having my pupil-masters pointing out the split-infinitives in my written work. What is the […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Enyo Law partner Ed Allen

Name: Edward Allen Firm: Enyo Law Role: Partner Trained at: Dechert Year qualified: 2005 Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Being asked to serve court papers by hand on an alleged fraudster. He took exception, threatened physical violence and manhandled me out of his office. I threw […]

Angela Yotov

Hot 100 career quiz: Close Brothers GC Angela Yotov

Name: Angela Yotov nee Coutinho Organisation: Close Brothers Group Role: Group General Counsel Trained at: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Year qualified: 2004 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Being sent to Paris to deliver a large envelope containing the paperwork to start a high profile corporate bid. The […]

Hot 100 career quiz: White & Case partner Chris McGarry

“Be true to yourself and trust your struggle: if you have the technical skills and the origination skills, your opportunity will come. Once you have your opportunity, realise how lucky you are and constantly strive to improve while also making a positive difference in the world.”

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, […]

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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 […]