What do you do for your clients at Ignition Law?
I have steered numerous clients through funding rounds and worked on a broad range of commercial and employment matters.
What gets me out of bed in the morning
Three things in particular:
1. Coffee (this is key);
2. My son (not always through my own choice); and
3. The prospect of working creatively to progress a project or business that I’m passionate about.
An entrepreneur I admire
Elon Musk. He could have retired a very wealthy man after selling PayPal. Instead, he has placed everything on the line time and time again, demonstrating his intense belief in, and passion for, each of the ideas and projects he pursues. His dedication is unquestionable, his ambition colossal, he’s incredibly technical, but he’s also a natural and charismatic businessman and leader.
How I Built This (Guy Raz)
How to Start a Startup (Y Combinator)
Shoe Dog (written by Nike founder Phil Knight)
Upstarts (written by journalist Brad Stone about the founding and journeys of Uber and AirBnB)
The Everything Store (written by journalist Brad Stone about the founding and journey of Amazon)
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future (written by Ashlee Vance)
Boo Hoo: A Dot Com Story (written by founder Ernst Malmsten)
CBInsights (free bi-weekly tech digest)
The Economist (free weekly digest)
A social cause I care about is…
The Stephen Lawrence Scholarship, run out of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The scheme was set up to address the disproportionate under-representation in large commercial law firms and other City institutions of black men from less socially mobile backgrounds. I have been mentoring scholars for the past four years, which has led to me meeting many young, bright, inspiring candidates from all cultures and walks of life. More information is available here: