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Kelesi Blundell

Senior Associate Banking – FS Regulatory


What attracted you to Allen & Overy?

I was first attracted to Allen & Overy by the high calibre of work done by the firm and its excellent reputation in the market – not only in London but also internationally. I love travelling so I was excited by the idea of being able to go on secondment to another Allen & Overy international office (which I was able to do as a trainee, spending six months in the Amsterdam office)

What do you wish you had known about Allen & Overy before you joined?

That not every office has amazing views…

What is the most exciting deal / case you have worked on and why?

As a financial services regulatory lawyer, I love advising on new and difficult elements of regulatory law. So the most exciting projects that I have been involved in have been those advising on bank recovery and resolution matters and, in particular, on elements of those legal requirements that ensure that tax payers won’t take the hit for future failures of banks or financial institutions. It’s an area that affects the financial stability of the market as a whole and is just fascinating.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variety of work and the people I work with. It’s often said that the people at Allen & Overy are really approachable and warm – and it’s true: I’ve made some of my best friends through Allen & Overy.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time, outside the office?

Having dinner with friends, going to the theatre and long walks in the country.

What was your first ever job?

Working on promotions in the local supermarket. I had to convince shoppers to buy anything from the latest flavour of Pringles to chocolate flavoured fortified wine… handing out tasters helped!

What is the one thing you would improve or change about Allen & Overy?

Give everyone an extra week of holiday.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

Probably my parents.

If you could invite any three people to a dinner party, who would you choose?

Frida Kahlo, Barack Obama and Roald Dahl.>

What advice would you give someone aspiring to become a Lawyer?

Take any opportunity you can to get experience of working in a law firm and think about the different types of law that you might be interested in.