The Hot 100 career quiz: Matrix Chambers’ David Wolfe QC

  Name: David Wolfe QC Organisation: Matrix Chambers Role: Barrister Based: London Trained at: Having studied engineering at Manchester Uni and then done a PhD in Engineering at Cambridge, I did a Diploma in Law (as then called, now GDL) at City University Year qualified: 1992 Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid […]

The Hot 100 career quiz: Birmingham Airport GC Fiona Penhallurick

  Name: Fiona Penhallurick Organisation: Birmingham Airport Role: General Counsel and Company Secretary Based: Birmingham Trained at: Pinsent & Co (Now Pinsent Masons) Year qualified: 1992 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Learning by observing from one of the most intelligent and generous men I have met […]

The Hot 100 career quiz: Norton Rose Fulbright’s Ffion Flockhart

Name: Ffion Flockhart Organisation: Norton Rose Fulbright Role: Partner, global co-head of information governance, privacy and cybersecurity Trained at: Norton Rose Year qualified: 2006 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? There are so many! The first that comes to mind is coming off an all-nighter and being […]

In-house interview: Ennismore general counsel Imran Bhatia

January 2020 and the year was alight with possibility. London-based Ennismore was a young business which had recently debuted its sleek Hoxton-branded hotels in the US and introduced a co-working concept within its hospitality properties. Then travel was suddenly brought to a standstill. “At Ennismore we saw Covid coming from the start of 2020,” says […]

In-house interview: Opus GC Alison Coates-Howard on fighting cancer during law school exams

Alison Coates-Howard, general counsel at Bristol-headquartered tech recruitment business Opus Talent Solutions, is on the lookout for apprentices that want to take a different route into the world of law. They don’t have to have a law degree – what they need is to be enterprising, ambitious and hungry to learn. Coates-Howard joined Bristol-based Opus […]

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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 […]