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  1. Innovation
    1. Davos: winning trust in a digitalised, connected world
    2. Using technology to serve our clients
    3. Finding the balance: human touch versus high tech
    4. Connected Future: a global infrastructure report
    5. ShopBack seals latest major fundraising in Singapore
    6. FinTech reshapes financial services as sector booms
    7. WeWork: pioneering a new way of office working
  2. Anticipation
    1. Portuguese renewable energy sector heats up with EUR 600m Novenergia sale
    2. E-Procurement sets new commercial tone for EU contractors
    3. Tristan completes EPISO 5 fund raise amidst political turbulence
    4. Coty picks CMS as global adviser following beauty parade
    5. New challenges in a changing world
  3. Supporting Growth
    1. Cinven acquires PPF as European pet food market flourishes
    2. Advance takes centre stage with theatre group acquisition
    3. Advent seals EUR 1.9bn Zentiva deal as healthcare booms
    4. Liberty sells European assets to Vodafone in EUR 18.4bn mega-deal
  4. Managing Risk
    1. Climate change liability – new litigation risks
    2. New lab services agreements for Honeywell following Homes spin-off
    3. Markel takes Hippo to task in complex insurance arrears dispute
    4. Creating a tax-effective structure for a private equity investment
    5. Protecting trade marks across Europe
  5. Inside CMS
    1. CMS breaks ground with first global tech start up programme, equIP
    2. From China to Chile: cultural differences and the ties that bind
    3. Facing the future
  6. CSR and Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Helping to achieve a better world
  7. Interviews
    1. Interview with Olga Belyakova
    2. Interview with Jeremy Tan
    3. Interview with Laura Houet
    4. Interview with Ramón Huapaya
    5. Interview with Daniela Murer
    6. Interview with Christopher Jordan
    7. Interview with Herman Boersen
    8. Interview with Sibylle Schnyder
    9. Interview with Clemens Grossmayer
    10. Interview with Robert Stephen
    11. Interview with Mary Allan
    12. Interview with Matias Somarriva
    13. Interview with Denis Redon
    14. Interview with Joaquim Sherman de Macedo
    15. Interview with Eleanor Lane
    16. Interview with Niklas Zaugg
    17. Interview with Joachim Kaetzler
    18. Interview with Andreas Otto

Interview with Mary Allan

Mary Allan
Mary Allan
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What has been your most memorable moment as a lawyer? 

I was a completely untrained paralegal working in Cairo and I remember feeling immediately at home with legal practice. My mother was a mathematician and my father an English literature teacher, so law seemed to combine both sides of my heritage. To me, law has always been about problem solving. Like maths with words.

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

As either a fashion journalist or a psychologist, but ideally both at the same time if that were possible. I came into the law after several years of teaching English literature and drama. So, these two alternative careers would lead me back towards my creative and intuitive sides.

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

The opening line from Sylvia Plath's poem, The Munich Mannequins, which reads: “Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children.” I need to be reminded at times that perfection, if achievable at all, would in fact be sterility and death. Literally a dead end. It is much more fruitful to let things go when they’re the best you can make them at the time, and then hopefully learn from the imperfect product for the next time.