Sivan Whiteley – Square

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Sivan Whiteley’s legal career began with the study of rational choice theory at university – decoding why people make the decisions they make.

Heather Mitchell – The Carlyle Group

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‘One reason I’m doing this interview is so I can send it to my parents. They’re really important to me. Ah, suddenly, the hard-woman persona crumbles,’ jokes Heather Mitchell, global general counsel (GC) for investments and head of EMEA at The Carlyle Group.

Anna Cosgrave: Graze

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The self-confessed fitness freak and head of legal on the allures of in-house law and healthy snacks

Hugh Pugsley: HSBC

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The banking giant’s UK law chief on retaining perspective, understanding your advisers and the value of mentors

Charlotte Heiss: RSA

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How kidnap threats and vodka-fuelled due diligence helped shape the insurance giant’s group legal chief

Matt Wilson: Uber

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The EMEA legal head of one of the world’s most valuable private companies on sticking along for the ride

Martin Cook: Funding Circle

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The London office of peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle is exactly what you would expect from one of the UK’s largest and most high-profile fintech businesses.

Julie Smyth: BAE Systems Air

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‘My husband has virtually no understanding of what I do,’ admits BAE Systems Air chief counsel Julie Smyth. ‘He thinks I sit in meetings all day.’