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.’

Profile: Richard Price, Anglo American

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Shortly before Richard Price went in-house as group general counsel and company secretary at Anglo American, the legal team’s headcount was cut in half. This was not coupled with a reduced workload, however. Expectations remained the same.

Sarah Nelson Smith, Yum! Brands

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In many ways it was ideal preparation. Before embarking on a legal career, Sarah Nelson Smith took a post-law school gap year working as a holiday rep in the popular Greek retreat of Halkidiki. It was an eye-opening experience, figuratively and literally, welcoming holidaymakers at unholy hours and dealing with bizarre questions and gripes.