1. What approach will you be taking to the City?
I would like to engage as much as possible with the City, and gain a better understanding of the challenges firms are facing. The City contributes massively to the UK economy, and I would like to promote this and highlight the great work that the City does, especially in terms of Pro Bono (alongside other great initiatives).
2. You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?
I am building relationships with City law firms that are members of the Law Society. I will get them involved in the many initiatives the Law Society has, to make sure all our offerings are relevant and add value to City law firms.
3. What are you working on at the moment?
I am meeting with Compliance Officers for Legal Practice to get their views and insights on the new changes proposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to the SRA Handbook. We are looking forward to engaging with as many firms as possible.
4. What was your first job?
I was a trainee solicitor in one of Israel’s leading commercial corporate law firms (Gornitzky & Co) it was probably the most intense job I have ever had - you start in the profession straight into the heart of it. The amount of sleepless nights I had at the office is something I do not wish to replicate again.
5. Career highlight?
I was very lucky to work as an adjudicator at the Claims Resolution Tribunal in Switzerland. Established as part of the global Settlement Agreement reached in the Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation. There was a feeling of doing something right, and giving back to people that money was the least of the things that were taken away from them. I felt that my work had historical significance, as my decisions were officially recorded in the Eastern District of New York for posterity.
6. Share some great advice you've been given.
Be kind and friendly to everyone, as you never know who might help you or open doors for you. That came from my manager in Bloomberg.
7. How do you relax?
By reading a book or watching a good film. When I was younger, I was a bit of a movie buff and spent a lot of time at the cinema.
8. What's your pet hate?
Standing in a queue - I am from the Mediterranean and this is one British way of life that I still find difficult to adjust.
9. Favourite city?
London - it has the best theatres, the best museums for free, and it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. I hope it stays that way!
10. Which book is on your bedside table?
For whom the bell tolls by Hemingway. The Spanish Civil War was absolutely brutal, and to think that at this day and age at many parts of the world people are experiencing the horrors of war is disturbing.
11. If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three things would you bring with you?
Music, books and a box set of a good British TV drama series.
12. What did you want to grow up to be as a child?
A singer - I know Les Miserables and Cabaret by heart.