All Interview articles

  • Anne-Kavanagh

    Nursing ambition

    15 November 2021

    Private practice solicitor of the year Anne Kavanagh talks about hospitals, career breaks and test cases.

  • Neil Hudgell, owner and chairman of Hull Kingston Rovers

    On the ball

    1 November 2021

    Legal Personality of the Year Neil Hudgell grew up on a council estate in Hull and failed his A levels. Jonathan Rayner meets a solicitor who is used to confounding expectations.

  • Polly Sweeney

    Climb every mountain

    6 September 2021

    For Polly Sweeney, public law is a compulsion. In her spare time, hears Eduardo Reyes, she scales different heights.

  • TONY_STOCKDALE_metamorph

    Strength in numbers

    2 August 2021

    Metamorph, the new owner of QualitySolicitors, claims to be revolutionising legal services. Executive chair Tony Stockdale tells Eduardo Reyes why the consolidator is prospering when so many other ‘game-changers’ have faded away.

  • David-Gauke-seated

    Man out of time: David Gauke

    14 June 2021

    David Gauke has found a safe seat at Macfarlanes, but the former lord chancellor tells Nick Kochan he remains politically homeless.

  • Naomi Angell_landscape-headshot

    We are family

    24 May 2021

    In a stellar 50-year career in the law, culminating in a lifetime achievement award, Naomi Angell has witnessed a revolution in family and adoption law. And her passion for the profession remains undimmed.

  • I_Stephanie-Boyce-landscape-sitting-2021

    First impression

    3 May 2021

    How will we persuade the politicians of the future to fund the justice system properly? Start teaching law to schoolchildren, new Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce tells us.

  • Teresa Payne

    Castles on the air

    12 April 2021

    Teresa Payne came late to the law after working in a pub and travel agency. Now she runs a fast-expanding network of high street firms and has even found time to launch a radio station.

  • Chris-Perrin-landscape-head-shot

    Trust builder

    22 March 2021

    The City’s first general counsel to a law firm talks to Eduardo Reyes about the groundbreaking regulatory work that shaped the world of elite firms.

  • Sam-Cottman-landscape-face

    Pro active

    15 March 2021

    Travers Smith’s award-winning director of pro bono talks to Jonathan Rayner about a multifaceted career and why he decided to set up his own charity.

  • LJ Gary Hickinbottom

    All rise

    1 March 2021

    Gary Hickinbottom ran the defence of the UK’s largest group action, acted for death row convicts and recently bowed out as the Court of Appeal’s sole solicitor. He looks back on his career.

  • Georgia Dawson

    View from the top

    22 February 2021

    The first woman to lead a magic circle firm, Georgia Dawson is determined to protect and build on ‘all that is fantastic’ at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Jemma Slingo spoke to her about the firm’s priorities in the age of Covid, the need for diversity and plans for expansion.

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    In the swim: Sir Nicholas Green

    18 January 2021

    As a youth he excelled in the pool, but Law Commission chair Sir Nicholas Green went on to make waves in the law and legal politics.

  • 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.

  • David-Greene-landscape-2020

    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.