The Lex 100
10 October 2014

Look for firms that have the values you have and live and breathe them

In our latest partner interview we speak with Ramona Mehta, Head of the Reputation Protection Group at Mishcon de Reya. Topics covered include her early career, her fast-paced and cutting-edge practice area and the approach which she believes students should take when embarking upon a legal career.

When did you realise you wanted to become a lawyer?

I’m the youngest of four girls, so I always had to make myself heard and I’ve always had that debating streak in me. I chose to read law with French law at university and didn't really make up my mind to become a solicitor until mid-way through my degree. I was passionate about the issues I read about, and decided that it was the career for me.

What attracted you to private client and reputation protection work in particular?

I started at Mishcon as a trainee in 1996 and in my first seat I worked with a solicitor doing defamation work. She then went on maternity leave and I covered for her and loved it. So I ended up qualifying in that department after my excellent experience as a trainee. There was more defamation litigation back then when I qualified, and my practice has since evolved as the area itself has changed.