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That’s not to say the island just cravenly chases after business – it’s just more able to be more flexible and fleeter of foot than the bigger jurisdictions ever will be.


You’ve talked about your own progression at Mourant and the firm’s encouragement of women in senior roles. Is Jersey generally a place in which women can flourish? I don’t think there has been anything about the island that has been a problem for me. In Jersey, one of the biggest issues is getting enough people to do the work that we have. Maybe this shortage of skilled labour is why Jersey, generally, is more accepting of professional women – we can’t afford to be chauvinistic. I am not a flag-waving feminist and I never believed in positive discrimination – all I have ever wanted is to have a level playing field.


What’s next on the agenda for Nicola Palios and for Mourant? Mourant Ltd is in wind-down mode, following


the sale of two of its divisions, and Mourant du Feu and Jeune, the original law firm, is back to its roots and is doing purely legal work. As for me, I’m hoping to put a portfolio of things together rather than being in one full-time job. I’m interested in some consultancy, some directorships, but it needs to be interesting. I am fortunate to be in the position where I can afford to wait to find what I want. I also hope to have a role in the judiciary


in the UK, but I have no idea whether I’ll make it – it’s a very rigorous, daunting selection process. I’m not cutting all my ties with Jersey, however, and will come back often.


And finally, tell us one thing about yourself that might surprise people. I was an international rowing cox, and I was inspired to become a lawyer through watching Crown Court on ITV when I was about four years old. n


KATIE LE QUESNE is on the businesslife.je editorial board


Fact file


NAME: Nicola Palios AGE: 42 MARRIED TO: Mark Palios


CHILDREN: Two sons and five stepdaughters LIVES: Hertfordshire POSITION: Ex-CEO of Mourant


HOBBIES: Cooking, horseriding, skiing, scuba diving


ADMIRES: Angela Knight, the currrent head of the British Bankers’ Association. She has worked her way up to become an extremely influential and hugely well-respected figure in a very difficult market for a woman. For a woman to end up where she is in a bastion of male chauvinism is very impressive.


HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT STUDYING FOR AN ENGLISH LAW DEGREE IN JERSEY ?


From September 2010 the Institute of Law will be providing tuition for students enrolled on the University of London External System LLB programme. www.londonexternal.ac.uk/llb


• Teaching on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and mid-week evening classes - enabling you to combine study with work. Two 12-week semesters a year. Exams in May-June.


• Complete the programme in 2, 3 or 4 years, depending on your academic qualifications and how intensively you want to study.


For more information • Visit www.lawinstitute.ac.je (under ‘Law Degree’)


• Call 826060


• Email lori-ann.foley@lawinstitute.ac.je to make an appointment to speak to Professor Andrew Le Sueur (the Director of Studies)


• Or email Andrew directly with any queries at andrew.lesueur@lawinstitute.ac.je.


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