Filippo Noseda

Partner & Visiting Professor  |  Mishcon de Reya
JURISDICTION

United Kingdom

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Q&A

Why did you become a lawyer?

To change the world, one client at a time.

Who had the biggest influence on your career?

Too many people to mention, as all I know, I've learnt it from them.

What is your proudest professional moment?

Appearing as an expert on FATCA and the CRS before the European Parliament and the EU data protection authorities.

What was your worst day at work?

When I decided to leave a firm that provided the backdrop for the first phase of my career. But change is an opportunity, not a challenge.

What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

Keep learning and adapting. Because everybody else does.

Did you have a mentor who supported you in your early career? What was the most valuable thing they taught you?

That knowing the law is a necessary but not sufficient requirement of being a good lawyer.

What do you think will be the most significant trend in your practice over the next 12 months?

The continuing tension between privacy and transparency, and finding the correct balance.

What is the most unusual or shocking request you've ever had from a client?

No request is too unusual or shocking. But sometimes, they require rethinking.

What's your favourite midnight snack when you're in late from the office?

It must be a warm slice of thin-crust pizza. Simple. Reassuring. And effective. Like good legal advice.

What was your top lockdown box-set?

Succession.

What do you do when you're not working? Any hobbies?

I think about the next big thing coming our way. And get ready to catch it in my dreams.

What would you do if you weren't a lawyer?

A tailor or florist.

What is the book you'd recommend to everyone?

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Because the tragedy of the main character is only matched by the real-life tragedy of the author, who left no plans for his death.

Where can you see yourself in ten, twenty, thirty or years? (you can pick one!)

Content with myself in ten, relaxed in twenty, alive in thirty.

What song will never fail to get you on the dance floor?

Rapper's Delight' by The Sugarhill Gang.