Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2012 - Present

Legal Contracts Manager

Azzurri Communications Limited

Working for the leading managed services company that delivers flexible ICT, Voice, Data and Mobile communication services to its customers. Azzurri is headquartered in the UK and offers global access to sales, service and support to customers in 130 countries. Many of Azzurri’s customers are major multinationals and household brands with around 25% of them being FTSE100 companies. • Providing legal advice and guidance with a view to minimising risks to the business within a set of contractual, commercial and legal guidelines; • Liaise with commercial, projects and senior Azzurri management to ensure contracts are deliverable and commercially acceptable and answer ad-hoc contractual queries from within Azzurri; • Full ownership of revenue contract and associated supplier contract work-streams; • Review, draft, negotiate, and comment on a wide range of standard and non-standard customer, supplier and sub-contract agreements with a technology focus (such as telecommunications services from third party carriers, MSAs, NDAs, payment service provision (online and mobile), ICT - procurement of hardware and software, systems and services, general supplier agreements); • Adapt customer contracts based on Azzurri terms to meet particular deal requirements; • Liaise with external legal advisors as and when required; • Maintain accurate records and log of live contracts within an established methodology; • Liaise with Legal Assistant to ensure contracts are fully executed; • Understand and implement the contractual, commercial and legal guidelines set by Azzurri; • Ensure compliance with any relevant legislation and regulations including interpreting the effect on Azzurri of any proposed changes to such legislation and regulations; • Attend customer and supplier meetings in person when necessary.

Feb 2012 - Aug 2012

Group Legal Counsel


Chequepoint is a leading international financial services brand for 38 years operating in over 70 countries. Responsible for the company/commercial matters and represent the organisation in negotiations with current and potential business partners and their Counsel, at all times ensuring that relevant stakeholders are properly advised of relevant legal issues. • Reporting directly to the Managing Director ("MD") and working with the MD to optimise the agreements that organisation negotiates; • Draft and advise various agreements and other legal documents, including licenses, Guarantees, Confidentiality Agreements, Master Agreements, Employment Contracts, Terms & Conditions, and other relevant commercial agreements as required to protect the organisation’s interests and intellectual property rights; • Ensure that the highest standards of governance is achieved and that the company’s legal obligations are compliant at all times with local, national and international laws; • Assist the MD as required on transactions, business developments and special projects; • Company Secretarial matters and managing all aspects of the company’s corporate governance relating to appointments/resignation of Directors, annual disclosures and returns etc. for all group companies as required under the Companies Act (and corresponding legislation in other jurisdictions in Europe); • Mitigate and seek to avoid any litigation that the organisation may become involved in; • Providing advice on local and regional legal/corporate matters, such as M&A and joint-ventures; • Brief and provide impartial and independent advice to the MD in preparation for Board meetings and on all governance matters; • Maintain a good working knowledge of governance best practice, relevant issues, statutory requirements and regulations; • Maintenance of Trademarks/IP, Patents and web names in liaison with the MD; • Ad hoc and detailed advice on policies in defining risks on legal and regulatory requirements.

Aug 2011 - Nov 2011


KBH Kaanuun

Worked in a reputable boutique law firm for the Corporate and Commercial departments located in the DIFC where I advised a range of clients from large corporate and commercial entities to high net-worth private individuals on both DIFC law and UAE law. Advise on a full range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, shareholder disputes and tortious disputes. Areas of work also span from a wide range of other industry sectors including information technology, telecoms, media, investment banking, energy, aviation, real estate, and others. Work involves in particular:

·Domestic commercial litigation in all divisions DIFC Court, English Courts and UAE courts;

·Substantial multi-jurisdictional litigation;

·Regulatory and governmental issues and disputes;

·Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution;

·Construction and Real Estate;



In addition, advising clients in relation to corporate restructuring, drafting multi-jurisdictional commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, setting up of offshore companies and setting up onshore Dubai representative and branch offices.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Corporate Counsel

Inventive Tax Strategies

·Liaison with the provision of clear and effective legal advice to Directors, and other departments as and when required on commercial contracts and other relevant legislation/legal principles;

·Draft, negotiate, advise, amend, and complete contracts and other associated documentation (including Guarantees,Confidentiality Agreements, Master Agreements, Terms & Conditions, waiver letters etc);

·Give legal advice on the form and content of contractual arrangements and outsourcing arrangements that the organisation may enter into to deliver effective statutory functions;

·Advising on a diverse range of commercial contracts and agreements related to commercial law, commercial property, sales and marketing, intellectual property, M&A and regulatory compliance;

·Reviewing and organisation of contracts for counterparties seeking to enter into transactions and other related business with the organisation;

·Handle evaluation, risk assessment and advising on various complicated financial issues;

·Execute project related research and analysis based on UK laws;

·Conduct legal research and follow-up on legal and regulatory changes to ensure that the organisation is well placed to respond to changes;

·Ad hoc and detailed advice on corporate policies, in defining risks, and on legal and global regulatory requirements, 

Jul 2008 - Jun 2011

Trainee Solicitor

Slough Borough Council

Successfully trained as a Solicitor and went on to work as a Commercial Lawyer in the non-contentious department dealing with primarily commercial contracts and employment law. Duties varied to include:

Commercial Property & Commercial Contracts

·Advise and prepare documents in the Property and Contracts Department, which included advising and drafting contracts, commercial licenses, lease renewals, notices and rent reviews;

·Procurement and complex contractual negotiations, manage and evaluate new contract arrangements;

·Facilitate the re-negotiation of existing contracts, amend contractual documents, reach resolutions and agreements with customers and suppliers to safeguard the company's interests;

·Liaison with the provision of clear and effective legal advice to Members, Client Departments and other bodies as and when required;

·Tendering and bids work, and other associated documentation;

·Joint Ventures/Alternative Business Structures, M&A and, Income Generation Schemes;

·Identify and mitigate operational risks across the organisation and in key markets and implementation of risk management policies.

·Negotiating, reviewing, drafting and advising on a diverse range of commercial contracts.

Litigation & Employment

·Legal advice and prepared proceedings in the Courts and at Tribunals or inquiries and in particular drafting compromise agreements, grounds of resistance, pleadings , notices, witness statements and other documents required for hearings together with the support of Counsel where necessary;

·Appear on behalf of the Organisation at short hearings in the Courts and at Tribunals and inquiries;

·Give ad hoc and detailed advice on complex employment and contentious contractual matters such as breach of commercial licences, TUPE, discrimination matters;

·Represent the Law and Corporate Governance Directorate at such external and internal meetings as may be allocated from time to time providing proactive

·Clear and effective advice and taking responsibility for the legal compliance such as Data Protection and Freedom of Information matters;

·Provide firm and positive advice to the Organisation and its Members/officers on any area of the law relevant to the organisation’s functions as a Corporate entity, Landowner and Employer;

·Advise and assist the Organisation in its key corporate initiatives.

This experience has allowed me to be an effective all-round team member of the Litigation and Property & Contracts teams to deliver a complete legal service as well as achieving high quality in service delivery that meets client needs. 

Apr 2008 - Jul 2008


Linklaters LLP

Provide legal support in the Commercial Litigation department. Tasks vary to include taking initial instructions, attending meetings, legal research, drafting documents, preparing bundles and administrative duties connected with proceedings.  

Mar 2008 - Apr 2008


Barlow, Lyde & Gilbert

Worked in the renowned Dispute Resolution department. Assisting Partners and Associates in a very large and complex matter through to litigation in Court. Typical instructions included, preparation of bundles for arbitration, mediation and trial; attending meetings; operation of case management system, document review, indexing, cross reference, coding and pagination; research of case law and legal procedures using internal and external sources; organising and preparing documents, and performing work within the UK and overseas and any other tasks required by the Partners or Associate.

Apr 2007 - Dec 2007


Allen & Overy LLP

Played an important role in the mechanics of the legal process in the Corporate and Commercial Litigation departments. Worked as a fee earner where a good organisational skill of highly complex cases was required. Dealt with various matters that related to Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Construction, Employment and Insurance, required mainly working as part of the team alongside the Partners and Associates. Duties varied to include:

·Managing the physical data room, including collating, copying, redacting and indexing documentation;

·Ensuring copied documentation had been reproduced accurately and dealing with other requests from Associates and Partners;

·Managing the data on case management system, including preparing documentation for uploading and verifying all documentation has been correctly uploaded;

·Undertaking document management, including photocopying and scanning documents, and indexing and boxing for archiving;

·Proof-reading of translations to ensure readability and translating documents from or into English or other languages;

·Document review and proof-reading, including checking amendments, verifying cross-references, checking definitions and checking consistency;

·Undertaking legal research using internal resources, external legal databases and research tools, know-how, and precedents.

Gained the ability to effectively deal with various tasks in a fast paced and pressurised environment, which often required great patience and tact.


Sep 2006 - Jul 2008

Legal Practice Course

De Montfort University
Sep 2006 - Jul 2006

(BA) Hons

De Montfort University
Sep 2000 - Jul 2002


Desborough School

Computer Science, Economics, English Literature

Sep 1996 - Jul 2000


Desborough School

Double Science, English Literature, English Language, Maths, Systems & Control



Legal Research

Regulatory Compliance

Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Contract Law

Employment Law

Corporate Law

Contract Drafting


Fluent in speaking Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Urdu. basic Arabic

Microsoft Office

Use of Microsoft Word, Access, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook.


A trust worthy, reliable, proactive, ambitious, and hard working individual. Able to get on well with people at all levels. Happy to work as a part of team or can work alone with owns initiative. I pride for setting and achieving high standard of work. Able to show adaptability; willingness to learn new skills and working practice


Cricket: Enthusiastic player at school, representing various clubs and during my time at University represented as vice captain.

Travel: Frequent visitor to Europe and travelled independently in Canada and USA during gap year.



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