Tell us a bit about you and law?
I was 9 years old when I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. I'm not sure I really understood what that meant, but I did know it meant interpreting the law and helping people play by the rules! I discovered at university that I had a natural draw towards contract and entertainment law, torts, and European Law. I also discovered I had a knack for IP.
For me, it's mostly about the skill of interpretation and drafting. I like making law simple for people. My friends and family often comment on my ability to turn a complex legal topic into something they can understand.
And your career to date?
Prior to Carbon I mostly worked in-house. Firstly with an engineering start-up that was later purchased by a global organisation. This is where I honed my skills - contracts, NDAs, license agreements and supporting the filing of patents. Going on to support the acquisition and the due diligence that brings.
I love being part of a client's team. Getting to know their business inside out. Whether its supporting business projects or just filling a space in the legal team, it's always a new challenge. Always something new to learn.
Although I've mostly worked for large brands and corporations, I've also met a lot of people along the way who have set up their own businesses and have reached out to me for support. It's great being able to help at every level, working on all sorts of commercial agreements.
Being in-house also put me on the front line with the implementation of the GDPR. Reviewing, analysing, planning and finally implementing the new law. It was, dare I say, great fun. I'm a proper GDPR geek!
What do your clients love about you?
Because of my in-house background, I have a very practical, hands-on approach to my work. I won't just pass clients a risk note, I'll work with the business and stakeholders, where appropriate negotiating with third parties so that legal issues do not become bottlenecks for getting jobs done. I preempt situations so that stress levels are kept to a minimum and everything ticks along nicely! If any ad hoc stumbling blocks arise, I find practical solutions and get things moving again.
Those special moments?
Passing the New York Bar exam. This was how I first qualified and it was such a great experience. I met some wonderful people and I'll never forget getting a text from one of them in the middle of the night saying 'we did it!'.
Passing the QLTT (transfer qualification) was also a big deal, it felt like validation to finally be on the Roll of Solicitors.
The thing I am most proud of however is getting to work with some amazing people and the wonderful feedback I get. It's great to know that you've contributed and helped.
Tell us a couple of things that make you happy?
Coming home to the family after a good day's work - if I'm lucky dinner will be on the table and the children won't be bickering! I also love family holidays, hanging out by the pool and sea and having delicious dinners together.
Greece. The beautiful clear blue waters and the amazing food. I'm slightly obsessed with Greek tomatoes, they're so sweet and juicy! It's what makes a Greek salad so tasty! Plus it gives me a chance to practice my Greek.