All Interview articles

  • Wayne Spillett

    Champion of change

    23 November 2020

    Tiring of a repetitive workload, Wayne Spillett moved in-house to take on a fresh challenge every day. The Law Society’s in-house solicitor of the year has not looked back, hears Jonathan Rayner.


    Partner in crime

    16 November 2020

    Much more needs to be done to stop vulnerable people getting lost in the criminal justice system, says solicitor of the year Chloe Jay.

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    In search of a ‘new better’

    19 October 2020

    For David Greene, the Law Society’s new president, the best of times has come at the worst of times. But he is raring to go, hears Paul Rogerson

  • Mihai-Mares-landscape

    Bridge over ‘muddy waters’

    13 July 2020

    Romania has an unfortunate history of bribery and corruption. White-collar crime specialist Mihai Mares helps international firms navigate what can be a byzantine legal system.

  • Caroline Goodwin QC

    CBA chair interview: 'We're tilting at windmills'


    Government funding may be needed to enable chambers to keep recruiting pupils after ‘many, many months’ of lost income, says Caroline Goodwin QC.

  • Leslie Thomas QC

    It’s black and white

    29 June 2020

    Racism remains pervasive in our society, says Leslie Thomas QC, Gresham College’s new professor of law. Eduardo Reyes hears how lawyers have a responsibility to combat it

  • Alexandra-Marks

    Past in the present

    27 April 2020

    Three decades separate the onset of Alexandra Marks’ and Charlotte Parkinson’s legal careers. What could they possibly have to say to each other? Quite a lot, we discover.

  • Shami-Chakrabarti

    Hostile environment

    23 March 2020

    ‘This is not Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke we’re dealing with.’ Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti talks to Eduardo Reyes about her priorities in opposition, which include enhancing the rights of rape complainants and defending human rights from executive attack

  • Sarosh-Zaiwalla

    Only connect: Sarosh Zaiwalla

    24 February 2020

    Sarosh Zaiwalla has always looked overseas for work – a strategy, hears Jonathan Rayner, that has brought him cases ranging from sanctioned banks to the return of ancient religious idols

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    First past the post

    3 February 2020

    In-house Solicitor of the Year Chris Fox runs a team of deal-enablers who ‘don’t sit in an ivory tower’, hears Jonathan Rayner.

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    News and the noose

    20 January 2020

    ‘Idealist’ Tamsin Allen acquired a taste for fighting miscarriages of justice by taking up one of the biggest causes célèbre of the post-war era. Now she has the pedlars of ‘fake news and lies’ in her sights, reports Jonathan Rayner.  

  • Dana-Denis-Smith

    Make me a match

    30 September 2019

    Why send legal work to outsourcing centres in India, when top lawyers here sit idle? Dana Denis-Smith talks to Eduardo Reyes about women in the law and her thriving 1,700-lawyer legal support business

  • Sarah Henwood

    Scoring centuries

    5 August 2019

    Sarah Henwood talks to Eduardo Reyes about running the world’s oldest law firm.

  • Simon Davis

    Magic touch

    8 July 2019

    New Law Society president Simon Davis is determined to combat a collapse of trust in the professions which dates back to the financial crisis. But how? Paul Rogerson reports

  • Therese Pritchard

    At the double

    24 June 2019

    A news report and a clandestine coffee in Berlin created a transatlantic firm with a billion-dollar turnover, led by two women co-chairs. Eduardo Reyes talks to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Therese Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew

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    Class warrior

    3 June 2019

    Solicitor Walter Merricks CBE has been catapulted into the headlines by his record-breaking class action against Mastercard.

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    Born fighter

    29 April 2019

    Securing accountability for violence against women and girls drives campaigning lawyer Harriet Wistrich, hears Melanie Newman

  • Michael castle 2

    Breaking new ground

    15 April 2019

    As a magic circle lifer one of Michael Castle’s toughest assignments was paving the way for development of Arsenal FC’s iconic Highbury stadium. Recently headhunted to lead Deloitte’s ambitious legal arm he now has more hallowed turf in his sights, hears Jonathan Rayner

  • Andrew lockley 3

    Inside job

    11 March 2019

        Andrew Lockley followed a career founded on legal aid with a term as a board member at the much-criticised Legal Aid Agency. So what has it been like on the inside? asks Eduardo Reyes

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    Minority report

    25 February 2019

    Wesley Gryk gave up a lucrative career as a Wall Street corporate lawyer to take up the mantle of penniless asylum seekers and the rights of lesbian and gay couples. Jonathan Rayner met him