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Catherine Thomas

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‘Somebody in my case is always awake,’ jokes Catherine Thomas about the time zones her cases cover due to their cross-border nature. Recent negotiations have spanned Australia, New York, Europe and South Africa.

Spear’s visits Dawson Cornwell’s elegantly hidden offices. ‘It’s a natural fit,’ she says of her new abode. More pleasing, she says, is the fact that more than 90 per cent of new clients have an international nexus.

Thomas has been increasingly using ‘shuttle negotiations’, where lawyers meet separately to thrash out an agreement. ‘You can do it in one meeting if something’s timesensitive and clients want the good deal done quickly,’ she says.