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Q&A with Pearl Moses

1 March 2017

Pearl Moses is head of Risk and Compliance at the Law Society

Pearl Moses

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

I am a trusted advisor to hard-pressed risk and compliance senior personnel in law firms and legal businesses.

What are you working on at the moment?

Giving expert advice within a particularly dynamic and changing regulatory landscape. I work with firms and organisations around England and Wales giving advice, training and delivering talks on topical challenges such as professional ethics, continuing competence, anti-money laundering and cybersecurity.

What was your first job?

I was an assistant at WH Smith with special responsibility for comics and stationery (I was 14 and ¾ and deeply proud of my role there!).

Career highlight?

As part of Black History Month a few years ago, we brought in kids from deprived neighbourhoods to the Law Society at Chancery Lane to engage in discussions and a mock trial titled 'So you want to be a lawyer'. It was really great to see their excitement and enthusiasm for a career many of them had never considered. And encouraging to think that I was also seeing perhaps a new generation of BME lawyers.

Share some great advice you've been given.

I used to be horribly shy and tongue-tied when it came to public speaking until an insightful trainer said 'Pearl, remember that no-one but you knows what you are going to say next'. It set me wonderfully free from bondage to my powerpoint slide and crib cards, and I’ve never looked back.

What's in your desk drawers?

For me to know and no-one else. However, I can say that a local squirrel has found a home among a certain brand of fruits and nuts!

How do you relax?

I love pinball - both virtual (on one of my greatly loved Apple devices) and actual. I am genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity to get the highest score among a league of champions.

What's your pet hate?

Loud people on trains shouting into their mobile phones.

Sum up working as a solicitor/ barrister in one word.

Fascinating.

What book is on your bedside table?

The Screw Tape Letters by CS Lewis - again 'fascinating'!

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

Enhancing women’s self belief through coaching, deliberately creating more opportunities and then just the sheer courage to go for it. I’ve heard it said that men will apparently apply for roles when they only meet 50 per cent of the criteria for a post while women feel they have to tick every box before they apply for the same role.