This article appears in the December edition of our International Corporate Structures Newsletter.
How did you get into law?
I found my previous line of work bordering on stressful, plus I started to get RSI in my right arm from all the sword-fighting. Seeking justice is important to me so law was a natural transition.
Who has been the most influential role model for your professional life?
My father, Ned Stark, has been a great influence in my life – he taught me how to treat others, even enemies, with dignity and respect. He lived a full and interesting life and certainly had a good head on his shoulders.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing multinational corporates?
Climate change is taking its toll, it seems that winters are getting colder and lasting far longer than before. Multinational corporates will have higher heating bills. With so many high value intercompany transactions taking place in the Oil and Gas industry, tax authorities and taxpayers around the globe will become increasingly at odds about what is an arms-length price for related party transactions. I am often told that I know nothing, however, I do know that these corporates will need to have their intercompany agreements in order for when winter arrives.
What is your biggest extravagance?
IKEA faux fur rugs. I quite enjoy wearing them.
In a movie of your life story, which actor would you like to play you?
Kit Harington – he would make a good rugged hero, although I hear he’s scared of spiders…
What do you do to relax?
When I am not fencing or curling my hair, I enjoy long walks in the woods with my wolf.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
I tend to prefer the southern lands, I hear they are safer and warmer than northern parts.
What piece of advice would you give your 25-year-old self?
Do not always trust your colleagues, some will stab you in the back, plus – try some mindfulness meditation to loosen up a little.