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Interview with Laura Houet

Laura Houet
Laura Houët

What has been your most memorable moment as a lawyer?

Most of this last year since I joined the firm has been overwhelmingly memorable. I’m lucky to have such wonderful colleagues. But even this pales in comparison to my most memorable moment: while working at a law firm in DC, the senior partner took me along to a dinner one evening with Bill Clinton. The clear winning moment. I think I hit peak glamour too early.

If you weren’t a lawyer, how would you earn your living? 

I would run a lovely bookshop cafe. More accurately – I would own one, and spend my days drinking coffee and reading, while it was run for me. Obviously this depends on me not needing a decent standard of living, so it will remain a dream. In a more realistic world, I’d be a diplomat.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 

That your ability to foster and maintain strong relationships must be every bit as good as your ability as a lawyer. We should add value to our clients’ individual roles outside of the billable matter, in a way that is important to them.