I was told that if you don’t master attention to detail in the first two years of practice, you’ll never master it. That made me focus on making sure my work was as accurate as possible. The habit has never slipped.
I specialise in aviation within asset finance. This is a transactional department that helps clients – mainly banks, professional lessors and operators/airlines – who want to buy, sell, lease or finance aircraft and ships. To be effective, we need to be fully immersed in industry developments. I’ve become more commercially minded, making sure I understand all the drivers behind transactions.
In tandem with that, I’ve built my legal expertise through practice, and by discussing issues with colleagues and getting their input on the approach they’d take. The collegiate nature of the firm is amazing. People make time to help colleagues around the world no matter what the demand. It’s a great team atmosphere helped by the fact that we’re so well connected by our IT systems and can video-call anyone, anywhere. It’s great to see the Hogan Lovells machinery mobilising for a client across multiple time zones.
I spent five years working in our Dubai office, so I appreciate the wealth of knowledge that we have in our network. That said, for me London really is the centre of the commercial world. It has a vibe few other cities can come close to. Farringdon, where our office is located, is very trendy. And the fact we employ so many different types of people makes our firm an even more interesting place to be.
Despite all that, I also believe you shouldn’t spend all your time at work. My children have taught me the importance of work-life balance – I’ve learnt to be highly organised so that neither my work nor my family suffers.