The quality of life report: Pursuits – Steve Cooke, Slaughter and May

The quality of life report: Pursuits – Steve Cooke, Slaughter and May

‘We have a reasonable word-of-mouth reputation as purveyors of miserable music for gut-wrenching films.’

 

Many City lawyers have outside interests, few combine being at the very top of their profession with another career outlet. But Slaughter and May senior partner Steve Cooke is one such individual. Since 1993 the M&A veteran has worked with cartoonist Russell Taylor – famed for creating the comic strip Alex – to produce soundtracks for over 50 films and documentaries. Among others, they composed the music for Bafta-winning and Bafta-nominated documentaries such as The Lost Girls of South Africa, China’s Stolen Children, Chosen, Orphans of Nkandla, and the recent BBC series about Country Life magazine titled Land of Hope and Glory. Cooke plays and composes on the keyboards and guitar.

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The quality of life report: Pursuits – Edward Braham, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The quality of life report: Pursuits – Edward Braham, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

‘What makes a photograph is the light – you’ve got to get everything else there, but if the light isn’t right it will never work.’

Freshfields senior partner Edward Braham has taken photographs all his life. The walls of his office are covered with photographs from his trips to South Africa, Paris, Kyoto and Tanzania. For this respected City corporate lawyer, photography is the hobby that ‘clears the brain’ when he takes time out.

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The quality of life report: Perspectives – Samantha Brown, Herbert Smith Freehills

The quality of life report: Perspectives – Samantha Brown, Herbert Smith Freehills

‘Being open about my experience has not held back my career. If anything, it’s enhanced my relationship with my colleagues and clients.’

 

In 2015 Herbert Smith Freehills pension partner Samantha Brown suffered a depressive episode. She returned to work after three months, but found herself off again because she had not fully recovered. Brown eventually returned to practise as a partner at the firm.

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The quality of life report: Perspectives – Richard Martin, Byrne Dean

The quality of life report: Perspectives – Richard Martin, Byrne Dean

‘It’s the stigma that stops people talking and that same stigma prevents anyone else from learning.’

 

 

In 2011, then Speechly Bircham partner Richard Martin suffered a major panic attack followed by a breakdown and almost two years of therapy. Having left City law, Martin now works for workplace and HR consultancy Byrne Dean, advising on mental health issues. For him, the stigma around mental health in the City has prevented people speaking out.

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The quality of life report: Pursuits – Ian Bagshaw, White & Case

The quality of life report: Pursuits – Ian Bagshaw, White & Case

‘This is a hard career, but everything’s hard. Work hard, be the better you and enjoy yourself.’

 

 

In 2012 White & Case’s global private equity co-head Ian Bagshaw lost his younger brother, Dan, then aged just 27. He died suddenly on the finish line of an ITU Olympic distance triathlon in Hong Kong. That same year, while Bagshaw was a partner at Linklaters, his family set up Dan’s Trust to raise money for research and to help the local community.

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Q&A: Latham’s Sophie Lamb on life in chambers, practice and the danger of post-Brexit immigration policy

Q&A: Latham’s Sophie Lamb on life in chambers, practice and the danger of post-Brexit immigration policy

Latham & Watkins’ global co-head of international arbitration Sophie Lamb (pictured) discusses Lord Goldsmith, Latham and the impact of Brexit with Georgiana Tudor. Continue reading “Q&A: Latham’s Sophie Lamb on life in chambers, practice and the danger of post-Brexit immigration policy”

Client profile: Margaret Cole, PwC UK

Client profile: Margaret Cole, PwC UK

Once the chief enforcer for the City, the PwC UK general counsel discusses breaking balls and finding a silver lining to the financial crisis

‘I would never have taken a role where I wasn’t sitting at the top table. I make sure I have influence in how a firm goes about things,’ notes veteran litigator Margaret Cole, PwC’s UK general counsel (GC) and chief risk officer. Continue reading “Client profile: Margaret Cole, PwC UK”

Is Kennedys keeping up? Insurance player claims innovation and expansion provide the right cover

Is Kennedys keeping up? Insurance player claims innovation and expansion provide the right cover

Kathryn McCann and Victoria Young discuss Kennedys’ prospects with longstanding senior partner Nick Thomas

‘I’d like to tell you that Kennedys is a crap practice,’ one law firm leader tells Legal Business, ‘but it is reasonably good. The unfortunate thing is that it follows rather than leads in its market and that’s a strategic disadvantage.’

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Q&A: David Collins – Dentons UK corporate head on a fresh start, deals gone wrong and life after BLP

Q&A: David Collins – Dentons UK corporate head on a fresh start, deals gone wrong and life after BLP

After his move from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to Dentons as the new head of UK corporate and co-chair of global M&A, David Collins (pictured) talks to Matthew Field about his new role, deal making and his past leadership bid.

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