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In this blog post we interview Andrew Sharpe from Orange Business Services.
Andrew is an all-round action man (and accomplished twitterer: @TMT_Lawyer) who regularly avoids civil unrest in the Sudan — well, 'regularly' might be pushing it. 'Once' might be more correct. Still, it's a cracking interview from a talented lawyer...
Who are you?
Andrew Sharpe – after a short career as an RAF engineering officer, I qualified as a solicitor in 1999. As a trainee I had already specialized in IT and telecoms law, a field in which I continue to practice. After a short stint at Clifford Chance, followed by Blake Lapthorn (on the south coast) and almost 10 years at Charles Russell (the last 4 as a partner), I went in house. I am currently Legal Counsel for Orange Business Services, being their commercial lawyer for their operations in the Middle East.
You and the day job
How did you end up being a commercial lawyer?
During my LLB course I aimed to be a claimant employment lawyer, but it soon became clear that with my electronic engineering background, IT and telecoms were a natural fit. Litigation never appealed to me, but applying the law in a real world environment was what I wanted to do. I had been a maintenance engineer in the RAF, so in many ways being a commercial lawyer is similar – instead of developing and managing the maintenance of IT and communications systems to enable colleagues to achieve their operational goals more efficiently and effectively, I now act as an adviser on law, with the similar intention of helping clients understand or use the law to get to where they want to be.
What type of projects are you working on at the moment?
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