A Day In The Life of.......
  • 6th Jun 2019
  • Article written by Nicholas Johnson
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Summarise what your job is?

 

I am a corporate lawyer advising mainly on the sale and purchase of companies, commercial contracts, and banking and finance matters. I have been providing this type of advice for about 25 years and have dealt with a wide range of clients both in the UK and internationally.  During my career I have sold a wide range of companies and assets including a satellite, a pharmaceutical company, and I have restructured Government debt.  However, I prefer to assist owner/managers and entrepreneurs who have built up their business to sell it or make acquisitions.

 

How do you get ready to start your day?

 

I start my day with a big cup of coffee and some biscuits.  My role as a transaction lawyer is quite stressful and there can be a lot depending on my advice and management of the transaction, so I need to be alert from early in the day to recent events in any particular transaction.  I monitor my emails on a 24/7 basis and act on the basis of unfolding events and client instructions.

 

What is your favourite part of the job?

 

I like to ensure that a transaction is smoothly managed through to a successful completion.  Ideally all the parties involved remain engaged and enthused by the transaction.  I also like to see the successful completion of a client’s project whether it is signing a new important contract, or an investment into their business, or a sale of their business.

 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

 

Buying and selling companies and providing corporate advice  can be stressful for everyone involved, and sometimes the documentation and issues can be complex.  When the parties are negotiating over large amounts of monies or important issues then I have to maintain a rational and legal approach to the issue.  

 

How do you relax when you finish work?

 

I have two young sons so enjoy spending time with my family.  I also play cricket for the local village cricket team and enjoy going on beach holidays and swimming in coral reefs.