Meet Emmanuel Giuffre
Emmanuel is a Practice Leader in LegalVision’s Construction and Property teams. He enjoys the autonomy and flexibility that come with his role as Practice Leader. He thrives on the challenge of working with businesses of different sizes. No two matters or clients are ever the same, which means he’s always learning.
Give us a day in the life of Emmanuel.
5:30am: I either start my day with a cross training session or do a class by the beach. Then I head home to get my dogs, walk them to the beach and grab a coffee. After our walk, I’m back home and log onto my emails to ensure there’s nothing urgent and then get in the car around 9:30.
10am: At the office, I start by reviewing the matters for the day. I’ll check emails again; there might be two or three new matters that have come in. One might be a contract that needs to be drafted. We’ll chat to the client to understand their needs. We may have an enterprise client, who sends in a contract for a master IT procurement tender worth $20-30 million. I’ll speak to the client, obtain their instructions and get to work.
12:30pm: Lunch! I’ll enjoy a lovely meal prepared by our in-house chef.
1:30pm: After lunch, I have a team meeting with the other lawyers in my team to discuss updating precedents to make them user-friendly. We aim to convert them into automated documents. I’ll also have around three contracts on my desk to review. One of them might be a manufacturing contract for a small to medium-sized business, the second may be a distribution agreement for a mid-market client and the final contract may be a review for an enterprise FinTech client.
2pm: I’ll work with the lawyers in my team to finalise the contracts and get them sent to the clients.
4:30pm: I check in with one of my team members who is working from Germany.
7:00pm: Time to start wrapping up and then head home.
7:45pm: I cook dinner. A typical dinner might be vegan nachos and a glass of wine (or three). I’ll have my dinner while trying to learn Italian on Duolingo (badly) and I’ll watch Netflix in the background.
What’s your key motivation?
Doing challenging work in a relaxed environment. And my colleagues, who I respect and genuinely enjoy working with.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The autonomy and flexibility. I also love that I get to work with a variety of business sizes. There’s something exciting about working with SME clients who are obviously fully invested in their business and determined to make it succeed. But I still like the challenges of working with complex deals and sophisticated clients at the enterprise level.
What surprised you most about working at LegalVision?
It doesn’t feel anything like a law firm.
What’s an unexpected skill you developed at LegalVision?
When I joined LV, I came on as a construction lawyer. I didn’t realise I’d be leading a general commercial practice that deals with SME, mid-market and enterprise clients across a breadth of industries and matters.
What are your top three daily must-haves?
- coffee machine;
- my team; and
- my pooches.