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Siobhán Jey Laighléis

Associate  |  Conyers

England and Wales


Asset holding structures
Asset protection
Personal and estate planning


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

In the past year I have become quite involved with contentious trust work, which is not an area I had expected to be attracted to. But looking at things from that perspective is helpful when I cross back over to “the bright side” to advise clients on planning and structuring their affairs.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

First: Trust in your own judgment and have confidence that your opinion counts.
As Associates we tend to work behind the front line, but deep in the trenches of a case. It can be intimidating to voice contrary opinions when senior and prestigious colleagues are involved. I find it helpful to remember that trust advisory work, and strategies around potential or actual litigation, can be quite subjective and there is no solitary ‘perfect’ solution.
Secondly: Maintain strong collegial relationships - not least because it will make your working day more pleasant! It is invaluable to have reliable colleagues who are willing to make time when you reach out for pointers or a second opinion. It’s also a really gratifying feeling when the same happens in reverse.

What is your favourite quote?

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it,” Goethe.