LexLeyton Spotlight: Anna ChabAnna CHAB
What does a typical day as an employment law solicitor and business partner to a wide range of employer clients at LexLeyton look like for you?
We have been working from home since March 2020, and – weirdly enough for someone as extroverted as me – I have rather enjoyed it.
I wake up around 7:45 am and drink my first Ricoré (a French instant coffee drink with 63% chicory) with a book. I then (painfully) put on some fitness videos on Youtube and exercise for half an hour. At the moment, I have been loving Holly Dolke’s channel – highly recommended!
At 9 am, we all start the workday with a Team Huddle – a video call which the entire team joins. Before the pandemic, our team was distinctly divided by offices. It’s been amazing to see everyone from our Manchester and Scottish offices every day. It really brought us closer.
My day is then filled with answering clients’ queries, drafting contracts or scripts and administrative tasks until I switch off to prepare dinner!
What is your favourite part about working at LexLeyton?
Everybody at Lex is extremely benevolent; we always help each other if we can. It’s pretty marvellous that we manage to genuinely care about the business but also about each other as individuals.
What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?
The last year has been a difficult one for everyone, and most of our clients have been financially affected. Things were changing quickly but it was crucial that we kept updated with everything happening whilst delivering commercial advice with the necessary amount of empathy.
What is your proudest moment at LexLeyton?
I was extremely happy and proud to qualify as a Solicitor with Lex in September 2020. We were all working from home but everyone made it so special!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love cooking, I think there are very few nicer things than cooking for loved ones and then sharing a meal.
What is your guilty pleasure?
It’s quite hard to choose one because I have so so many… probably salted popcorn?
I don’t really like the word “guilty”, it gives a bad name to things that simply bring you joy… I shall eat XXL popcorn with my head held high!
What or who inspires you?
Easy – Simone Veil!
What is one thing you can’t live without?
What is your favourite quote?
All of my favourite quotes are extremely cheesy. I guess the most appropriate one would be “Those who do not complain are never pitied”.
What is your biggest fear?
I’ve always been very scared of being buried alive by mistake. Apparently, it’s called Taphophobia!
What is something that not many people know about you?
You probably never knew that because it’s very well disguised behind my perfect English accent but… I’m actually French!