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Today's many hats interview is with Jonathon Hogg, in-house lawyer at IPC. If you ask nicely, he'll do a cracking Elvis impersonation. Oh—and he's a damn fine lawyer too...
Who are you?
Jonathon Hogg, Senior Legal Counsel and Global Data Protection Officer in the London offices of IPC, a US telecommunications group
How did you end up being a commercial lawyer?
I qualified as a barrister and following a stint as an advocate on the Northern Circuit for a company called LPC, I was invited down to London by them to work in-house. LPC is an innovative company that provides advocacy services to firms of solicitors, calling upon its pool of up-and-coming young lawyers. I spent a very happy 5 years working there and was their senior advocate, meaning I had plenty of exposure to hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice. I also managed more than 100 advocates and performed a general commercial in-house lawyer role. LPC is a fantastic organisation full of good, bright people, and was the building block for my career.
It was there that I decided that I wanted to be an in-house commercial lawyer. As I have language skills, I also thought it would be a great opportunity to combine the two and so my career path was chosen. I have worked for various companies over the years but IPC is a market leader that gives me a good variety of challenging work in a friendly environment with a suite of products and services of which I am truly proud.
What type of projects are you working on at the moment?
My role is extremely varied (something I love!) and combines legal work with general commercial work.
To give you a flavour of my workflow, I am currently negotiating: an English language global master services agreement for the provision of voice and data network services to a financial services institution; a German language sale, licence, installation & maintenance contract for the
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