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Q&A with Amanda Gill

30 June 2017

Amanda Gill is a director at Deutsche Bank.

Amanda Gill

You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?

I am a finance lawyer in a major international bank, focusing primarily on emerging markets and strategic equities. As an in-house lawyer my role is incredibly varied but essentially my job is to ensure that the bank only enters into transactions in which it is adequately protected both from a legal and reputational standpoint. My job involves managing a team of exceptionally talented lawyers.

What are you working on at the moment?

Anything and everything. I tend to be working on about 20 things at any one time.

What was your first job?

I was a waitress (dressed as a trappist monk) at Belgo in Covent Garden. I wasn’t particularly good at it as I talked to customers too much and didn’t turn enough tables. I loved it.  

Share some great advice you've been given.

If you don’t live life on the edge, you will never get to see the view.

What's in your desk drawers?

A first aid at work training pack, spare birthday cards, some nail varnish remover and a collection of pens and pencils.

Can you recommend a local lunch or coffee spot?

I recently discovered a lovely little coffee shop just behind the Gherkin called Association.

How do you relax?

Psycle. Think of spinning in a night club with a bit of mindfulness thrown in and you will get the jist! It is highly addictive.

What's your pet hate?

Bad manners.

Sum up working as a solicitor in one word.

Interesting.

Favourite city apart from London?

It would have to be New York, as I lived there for three years and had to be dragged away kicking and screaming. Rome would come a very close second though.

What book is on your bedside table ?

A Rough Guide to Barcelona, where I am heading with my family later this month.

What needs to happen to get more women into leadership roles?

There needs to be cultural change in order to achieve successful and sustainable gender diversity in leadership roles within organisations that have previously been male-dominated. Simply filling a quota is inadequate and ineffective.

If you hadn't become a solicitor, what would you have done?

I would have been a doctor (although from the state of my first aid skills, that might have been a mistake!).