My dad was born in Kashmir and was in the Pakistani Air Force, posted to Turkey. India and Pakistan were separating and he decided he wouldn’t go back. He moved to the UK and met my mum at night school. She worked in a biscuit factory when I was a kid and was all about, ‘You’re going to do better than this.’
I didn’t start working life as a lawyer. I’m Asian and started in retail – freshly-squeezed orange juice and health food products. My dad wasn’t impressed. He was first generation here and said: ‘This is a fantastic country with great opportunities, I did not come here for you to be another Asian shopkeeper.’ Continue reading “Life during law: Leona Ahmed”
‘I wrote my own resignation letter twice in the first six months,’ Matt Wilson, Uber’s associate general counsel (GC) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says. ‘I didn’t hand it in either time, but it was close.’
A frank, but not surprising, admission. Wilson has, in the view of one peer, had one of the most difficult jobs in the GC community since he became the ridesharing company’s first domestic UK lawyer back in 2015. Continue reading “Client profile: Matt Wilson, Uber”
I was probably the world’s worst children’s entertainer. I needed a Saturday job to earn money but played football on Sunday mornings and rugby on Saturday mornings. A friend had a business that did magic tricks for children’s parties and I could fit the job around the sport. No, I didn’t dress up as a clown. I might have been a bit of a clown, but I didn’t dress up as one! I was the person at whom the children shouted: ‘I know how you’re doing that trick!’
They gave you a Fisher Price magic set. My stage name was Roger because they already had a Michael. I’m amazed you managed to find out about this – I thought it was quite a well-kept secret! Continue reading “Life during law: Mike Francies”
Maybe it was the fear of being kidnapped in South America that drove RSA group chief legal officer and company secretary Charlotte Heiss into the insurance business. Or maybe it was catching hypothermia while diving the wreck of bombed Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, in New Zealand. Or maybe it was drinking vodka with aluminium smelter workers in Siberia while trying to do due diligence on a deal.
Throughout her life Heiss has navigated many a challenging situation, stretching back to when a careers counsellor told her she should marry a lawyer rather than become one. So it is not surprising that she admits the insurance industry seemed unglamorous to her as a Linklaters associate when an in-house role first came up at RSA in 2010. Continue reading “Client profile: Charlotte Heiss, RSA”