The many hats interview—Our man in the Sudan, Andrew Sharpe
The many hats interview—Our man in the Sudan, Andrew Sharpe

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  • The many hats interview—Our man in the Sudan, Andrew Sharpe
  • Who are you?
  • You and the day job
  • How did you end up being a commercial lawyer?
  • What type of projects are you working on at the moment?
  • Describe a memorable moment of your career. (You can interpret ‘memorable’ in whichever way you wish!)
  • Being commercial
  • What makes a lawyer a commercial lawyer?
  • Is there a common problem you come across time and time again as a commercial lawyer?
  • What tips do you have for making legal advice more digestible/commercial for business?
  • More...

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 four 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

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