Partner | Hogan Lovells
- Insolvency and restructuring lawyer
- State school educated
- First generation graduate
I studied Law at the University of Sheffield and did a vacation scheme at four firms (including Hogan Lovells) in 2000.
I started my training contract here in 2002. I enjoyed seats in Banking (Acquisition Finance), a client secondment, Business Restructuring and Insolvency, and Fraud and Asset Tracing Litigation, before qualifying into Business Restructuring and Insolvency in 2004. I was made a Senior Associate in 2009 and a partner in 2012.
My work in the Business Restructuring and Insolvency team has been for both borrowers and financiers, dealing with everything from businesses with minor and temporary cash flow problems to those that face far more fundamental obstacles. Much of my work these days is in delivering general commercial advice, rather than dealing with technical legal issues.
As a graduate recruitment partner at the firm I spend a lot of time considering what our business really needs from its people, and in particular its trainees, and I meet and speak to many potential applicants. I believe that it’s important that diversity, inclusion and fairness are at the forefront of recruiting decisions. There are increasingly new tools to support us in achieving this, including in 2015 the introduction of Contextual Recruitment. Using contextual data we now have a greater understanding of the challenges some candidates have faced and overcome. We recognise these as a strength that adds real value to an application, and will give candidates the confidence that they have been selected by organisations that recognise their achievements in context.
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