60-Seconds With: Jannika Glendon, Associate, Mcdermott Will & EmeryDate: 05/01/2022 Type: 60 seconds with Community Magazine Interviews ThoughtLeaders 4 Content Topic: Private Client | Trusts | Wills and Estates | Inheritance | Next Generation Wealth | Investment and HNWI’s | Tax | Author:
Q) What is your key area of practice?
A) I focus my practice on dispute resolution issues, including contested estates, acting for high net worth individuals in private trust disputes, as well as commercial dispute resolution and arbitration.
Q) What are you most going to focus on in the next 12 months?
A) As a junior, I am focusing on continuing to build my knowledge and network, as well as getting as much exposure to different kinds of dispute resolution issues as I can, in particular multi-jurisdictional work.
Q) What do you see as the biggest upcoming challenge you face as a practitioner?
A) As we adjust to the new normal of more flexible working (and more time spent in the spare room!), I think it is important, particularly for junior associates, to ensure we stay connected to and learn from our colleagues, keep up to date with knowhow and stay present and active. I think also importantly and for the same reason, we should really be taking extra care of our physical and mental wellbeing.
Q) Why did you choose to attend TL4 x ConTrA’s Private Client Summer School and what did you achieve from attending?
A) I knew that it would be an informative and fun event, where I would have the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable and respected individuals in their field. I also really like the varied topics of the talks, and the chance to network with juniors from so many other firms.How did it feel to be back at a physical event? It was a breath of fresh air! It felt great to be able to connect to people face to face.
Q) What was your key takeaway from any one of the sessions at Private Client Summer School over the 2 days?
A) I found the talks on mental capacity and 1975 Act Claims & Probate Disputes really interesting, in particular it drove home how important it is to really get to know your client and their objectives, to take instructions at the right time and remain alive to your professional duties.
Q) What would you say to people thinking of attending one of our summer schools in the future?
A) I would recommend it – it’s a great way to network as well as boost your knowledge in a relaxed environment, oh and the beautiful location of the event definitely helped!What does the perfect weekend look like? A lie in, sunshine, time in nature and good food, company and wine!
Q) What is the one thing you could not live without?
A) Travelling and seeing the world.
Q) Who would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
A) The Buddha, so I can learn the ways of Zen!