Hammad Akhtar

​Partner, Financial Institutions Group, Corporate Division, UK

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What’s particularly different about Ashurst, for me, is how we communicate: I feel that I am a member of an international firm and an international team. If you take my practice area as an example, we regularly have calls and meetings with partners and associates in other offices. We share our successes, our failures and feedback with each other.

At Ashurst, people encourage you to get involved, to take responsibility and, actually, if you’ve got the desire, motivation and ability, the opportunity is there for the taking. It’s your career. It’s your development. I’ve been here for just a few years and I have already been involved in so much. I think that attitude flows through the firm. I don’t think I’ve come across anyone who’s said, “you shouldn’t do that because it’s not your job”. People are just really encouraging.

A good example is one of my trainees, who’s sitting with me now. I was doing a large deal for one of my major clients and she went on a mini-secondment with the client and worked heavily on the transaction for several months. Even though she is the most junior member of the team, she is now leading on the relationship. At Ashurst, we try to do that from the very beginning. I think that’s a really wonderful thing.

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