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Senior Consultant

Jon East

Senior Consultant

What gets me out of bed in the morning

My family on weekdays (my wife, our daughters and I are generally all out of the house by 7:15am) and sport on weekends (playing or coaching hockey from September to April). Workwise, I’m energised by having a variety of work and clients – no two days are the same and working as a consultant gives me the flexibility I want.

An entrepreneur I admire

Outside my immediate family, JK Rowling is someone who I feel is an inspiration to so many. Her backstory and challenges are well known, and in Harry Potter and friends she has created a global brand and phenomenon. I am an avid reader, so anyone who has written such wonderful stories commands my respect.

Closer to home, I greatly admire my wife. She has managed to set up and run a successful HR consultancy whilst at the same time also being the main carer for our two daughters and running the East family household very efficiently.​

The fine print

  • Legal Experience: I qualified as a corporate lawyer with Eversheds (London) in 1996 and, excluding a 12 month secondment I arranged to Minter Ellison in Melbourne from late 1998, worked there until September 2000. At that point I started an 18 year in-house career working for Rexam plc (5 years), Samsung Electronics (2 years) and Jupiter Asset Management (11 years) during which I continued to practise using my corporate (M&A) skills as well as developing extensive commercial legal experience. In June 2018, I left Jupiter to pursue a consultancy/ contracting career and from September that year provided maternity cover for 14 months for a corporate counsel role at ERM.
  • Education: I was educated at Wellington College (O and A Levels) before studying Law at Reading University (1990-1993) and completing the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Guildford (1993-1994). My training contract at Eversheds London (formerly Jaques & Lewis) started in September 1994.
  • Other Interests: Sport has always played a big part in my life and continues to do so. Both of my daughters love sport so my wife and I spend a lot of time watching them and I also coach their respective age groups at Old Cranleighans HC on Sunday mornings. Saturdays often see me playing hockey for the Vets team and on occasion (fair weather only) I jump on my bike and cycle out to enjoy a few hours in the Surrey Hills.
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