In this bulletin we interview Anna Perry, who recently joined Stevens and Bolton’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice as a Senior Associate.
Anna trained at Clifford Chance LLP and spent almost five years in its Restructuring and Insolvency team following qualification. Since then she has worked for Maples & Calder in the Cayman Islands.
We are delighted that Anna has decided to join us at what is a very exciting time for the Restructuring and Insolvency practice at Stevens & Bolton. Here we find out a little more about Anna and what makes her tick.
So, Anna, you were at Maples & Calder before you joined us. How are your former colleagues in the BVI coping following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma?
It is very sad that the BVI has been so badly damaged. I know that the Cayman Islands will be hosting a number of BVI lawyers and accountants and their families. Fortunately, I never experienced a hurricane during my time in the Caribbean, but whenever another island was affected everyone would pull together to help them out, whether it be donating clothes, toiletries or food.
Did you get chance to take any time out before starting at Stevens & Bolton?
My husband and I took the opportunity to travel around Europe. Coming from a tropical island we were keen to reacquaint ourselves with the hustle and bustle of the cities, so spent some time in Amsterdam, Rome and Barcelona. We also visited family in the Lot region of France, which was beautiful.
What attracted you to Stevens & Bolton and were you looking forward to joining us?!
Stevens & Bolton has an excellent reputation for getting the highest quality work outside of London. I am particularly excited by the direction in which the firm is going with their recently combined Finance, Restructuring and Insolvency team, and of course I know David Steinberg well from our time at Clifford Chance.
What did you miss most about the U.K. when you were based in the Cayman Islands?
Walks in the countryside, Sunday papers and Great British Bake-off (oh, and family and friends!)
What kind of work do you expect to undertake at Stevens & Bolton?
Hopefully a good diet of both formal insolvency work as well as restructuring, acting for a mix of both debtors and creditors. Whilst in the Cayman Islands, I also regularly acted on contentious corporate insolvency and restructuring matters, and look forward to further developing that experience in the UK with Stevens & Bolton.
What's your initial impression of working life in Guildford?
So far so good. To be able to work in the buzz of the town and then be out in the stunning countryside within a matter of minutes is just perfect.
Are you a lark or a night owl?
As I get older I am definitely becoming more of a lark.
Suits or Game of Thrones?
Suits. I must be one of the few people who have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones!
Favourite holiday destination?
Langkawi in Malaysia. It is the perfect combination of beauty, wildlife, delicious food and friendly people.
What book is currently on your bedside table?
Imperium by Robert Harris, it really brought our trip to Rome to life.