What drew you to pursue a career in legal financial services regulation?
The work is incredibly varied and interesting. Even as trainee you can find yourself doing the first cut of a challenging advice note for a large institution. My first experience of FS work was way beyond anything I’d been hoping for as a junior.
What do you think will change going from senior counsel to partner?
My role has been gradually evolving over a number of months to include more business development and management, working with the partners in the financial services team. I’m expecting that to continue as 2020 progresses and beyond.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Joining the partnership is the biggest single highlight in my career, but helping clients navigate regulatory issues which are worrying them, has always given me a big sense of job satisfaction.
Tell us one thing you didn’t know about Macfarlanes prior to joining the firm that has aided you on your journey to becoming a partner?
Macfarlanes has much more of a “partnership feel” to it than I was expecting: people really care and support and encourage others in their careers but it is also entrepreneurial. I have always felt encouraged to build my career in the direction I wish to take it.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a partner?
Go for it!
Would you share an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m the Honorary Solicitor at Wasps FC rugby club in Acton, London W3. The club owns 26 acres of land and is home to 800 mini and youth rugby players, four men’s amateur teams and two semi-pro ladies teams. Wasps is the only club in London to own its own land and the women’s premier play in the top tier of women’s rugby.
It’s great to be involved in such a vibrant club which is championing women’s rugby and knocking down old and stale gender stereotypes.
Helping clients navigate regulatory issues which are worrying them, has always given me a big sense of job satisfaction.