The many hats interview: Patrick O'Kane

The many hats interview: Patrick O'Kane

Patrick O'Kane,  barrister and Compliance Counsel for Cordery advises companies on a range of issues including compliance, data protection, privacy and extraction law. Today he takes some time out to share his experiences of what it means to be a commercial lawyer in the latest instalment of our many hats interviews.

How did you end up being a commercial lawyer?

I qualified as a barrister and worked in Northern Ireland for 13 years. Almost by accident, I was briefed in a commercial case for a company that lasted several years. The case began as a small one and then grew and grew in value and complexity.

Tell us about a memorable moment of your career.

I was qualified as a barrister for only a few months when I had my first jury trial. It involved an allegation made by a bouncer that he was assaulted by someone in a darkened nightclub. The case took an unexpected twist when a  prosecution witness did not come up to proof and my client was acquitted.

What makes a lawyer a commercial lawyer?

Being able to see the bigger picture. Often lawyers are detail-orientated and this can be very useful. But working in the commercial world means that lawyers have to have a broader view and work towards

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