David Hickson is a young lawyer working for a young company. He became head of legal at Lastminute.com two years ago when he was only five-months' qualified - since then the group has moved from a £30m fledgling dotcom, to a half a billion pound Ftse 250 survivor. Here he speaks to Legal Director about his role, how he books his holidays and how he plans to retire in 10 years' time
How did you achieve your current position? An odd, but very lucky series of events. When I was a trainee with Harbottle & Lewis I was seconded to Virgin Atlantic. The head of legal there (Jill Brady) became head of legal at Lastminute.com. When I qualified Jill asked me to join her at Lastminute.com. Five months later Jill moved on and, in a moment of madness, Lastminute.com made me responsible for all legal affairs. I was only five-months’ qualified. That was two years ago and lastminute.com has since moved from a £30m (TTV) company to a £500m (TTV) Ftse 250 company, although I doubt there is any connection.
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