Profiles

Vicky Sandry, Sky UK and Ireland

Hot 100 career quiz: Vicky Sandry

Name: Vicky Sandry Organisation: Sky Position: General counsel Trained at: McKenna & Co In Hot 100 for: A series of successful innovations in the legal team at Sky. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I was a trainee at what was then McKenna & Co, and I […]

Olga Galazoula, Ashurst

Hot 100 career quiz: Olga Galazoula

Name: Olga Galazoula Firm: Ashurst Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Work on the high-profile administration of Bell Pottinger. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I actually trained in Athens and the most memorable bit about my time there was the sheer variety of work that I […]

Richard Millett QC, Essex Court Chambers

The Hot 100 career quiz: Richard Millett QC

Name: Richard Millett QC Chambers: Essex Court Chambers Position: Barrister  In Hot 100 for: Acting as leading counsel in the independent inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? Putting my pupilmaster’s leader’s cross-examination notes into a ring binder backwards, so that […]

Deborah D'Aubney, Rolls Royce

The Hot 100 career quiz: Deborah D’Aubney

Name: Deborah D’Aubney Organisation: Rolls Royce Position: General counsel In Hot 100 for: Taking on the challenge of transforming the company’s internal legal function. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I was once sent to do a site visit with counsel. In the days before sat nav I […]

Michael Roberts, Hogan Lovells, litigation, Hot 100

Hot 100 career quiz: Michael Roberts

Name: Michael Roberts Firm: Hogan Lovells Position: Partner In Hot 100 for: Star litigator on landmark cases in 2017 and 2018. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Being sent at the last minute to get a document signed by a client who was skiing in Verbier. […]

Kerry Westland, Addleshaw Goddard

The Hot 100 career quiz: Kerry Westland

Name: Kerry Westland Firm: Addleshaw Goddard Position: Head of Innovation & Legal Technology Trained at: Addleshaw Goddard In Hot 100 for: Being Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘secret weapon’ of a legal technologist. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? For me it was attending my first pitch. It was for a client that […]

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Hot 100 career quiz: Michael Chissick

Name: Michael Chissick Position: Managing partner Firm: Fieldfisher Trained at: Herbert Smith In the Hot 100 for: The transformation of Fieldfisher. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? The City in the 1980s was incredibly exciting. Thatcher’s ‘big bang’ had deregulated the financial markets and there was […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Katja Butler

Name: Katja Butler Position: Partner Firm: Skadden Trained at: Linklaters In the Hot 100 for: Being a private equity star while still Skadden’s youngest partner globally. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Without a doubt my first deal closing. I was a trainee at Linklaters and did a double […]

Bankim Thanki QC, Fountain Court

Hot 100 career quiz: Bankim Thanki QC

Name: Bankim Thanki QC Position: Barrister Chambers: Fountain Court Chambers Trained at: Fountain Court Chambers In Hot 100 for: Leading roles in some of the biggest cases of 2017. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? Being asked to work for the then Head of Chambers at Fountain Court, […]

Kate Burns, NotOnTheHighStreet.com

Hot 100 career quiz: Kate Burns

Name: Kate Burns Organisation: NotOnTheHighStreet.com Position: General Counsel Trained at: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer In Hot 100 for: Stepping up to the GC role at a crucial time for NotOnTheHighStreet and making the position her own. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? One of my most vivid was […]

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown

Hot 100 career quiz: Robert Camp

Name: Robert Camp Firm: Stephens Scown Position: Managing partner In Hot 100 for: Reinvigorating Stephens Scown with a focus on employee engagement. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Two memories spring to mind – the first being reprimanded by my principal for suggesting to a family client (who […]

Emma Danks, partner, Taylor Wessing

Hot 100 career quiz: Emma Danks

Name: Emma Danks Firm: Taylor Wessing Position: Partner Trained at: Clifford Chance In Hot 100 for: As one of the few female private equity heads in the City, leading on numerous big deals. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Probably being asked by my supervisor to move his (very […]

Amy Clowrey

The JLD column: the life of a child abuse solicitor

As a university student, I must admit that my aspirations were not to be a child abuse solicitor. I knew I wanted to be a high street solicitor who helped ‘Joe Bloggs’ but that was about as far as it went. I also didn’t know, at the time, that being a solicitor was much more […]

Lee Ranson, Eversheds Sutherland

Hot 100 Career Quiz: Lee Ranson

Name: Lee Ranson Firm: Eversheds Sutherland Position: Co-CEO In Hot 100 for: Successfully leading Eversheds into an international merger. Read his full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I have good memories of my time as a trainee. I soon understood that there was a significant difference between what I’d […]

Amie Norris, Pinsent Masons, corporate deals, Hot 100

Hot 100 career quiz: Amie Norris

Name: Amie Norris Position: Senior associate Firm: Pinsent Masons Trained at: Pinsent Masons In Hot 100 for: Being a rising star in the corporate world. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee?   My first all night completion.  I always knew I would love or hate corporate law (although deep down I […]

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 […]

The 60 second interview: Credit Suisse EMEA head Jason Edel

Credit Suisse Asset Management EMEA head of legal Jason Edel talks to The Lawyer about the essential non-legal skills general counsel need to possess and their unique position to advise on commercial strategy ahead of his session at the In-House Financial Services conference. How has the role of general counsel transformed within the last 5 […]

My career story

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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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