Chehraz Fox - Day 5 of the 12 days of PDT Christmas
Published: 14 December 2021
For our Day 5, Chehraz Fox, Senior Associate in our Real Estate department shares her experiences coming back from maternity leave in 2021 to a new way of working and how she plans to support our clients in 2022.
I am a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Team. I help our clients with general property transactions such as buying, selling and leasing commercial property; any property matters for our healthcare clients when buying/selling a pharmacy or dental practice; and I also act for a charity bank dealing with secured lending against property. I work with my clients interests in mind and take pride in the strong relationships I have built. Every client is different, and I adapt to suit.
2021 has been both a challenging yet rewarding year for me. I returned from maternity leave in January and it’s safe to say the working world as I knew it and left in 2019 was hugely different. I have changed the way I work (minimal paper now!) and used electronic means more and more to connect with clients when face to face meetings have not been possible.
I think the impact of COVID 19 (in addition of course to our gratitude for health) has changed the way we work with others. I find people are more accommodating, reasonable and understanding. Working this way is a positive step and has helped us push deals forward and achieve results for our clients.
Despite the turbulent year, we have rallied together as a firm and within our department, supported and nurtured each other and our clients and carried on with business as usual. I am lucky to be surrounded by kind and supportive colleagues and clients and led by inspiring mentors and a strong partnership team at PDT.
A Pret A Manger in our building!
Giving my two children (5 and 2) my undivided attention!
Last year, after hours of searching and bidding on eBay, I bought my sister a discontinued Waitrose hessian shopping bag (way overpriced) only to find Horsham Waitrose practically giving them away a week later. It was actually something she had been after for a while!
Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid’s Tale, need I say more?
Kim Kardashian- to talk about business and our Persian heritage
David Beckham- to teach me the offside rule (sorry husband, I still don’t get it)
Elton John - on the piano for the musical ambiance
Michael McIntyre- so we can laugh together at the slings and arrows of parenting
I am excited for 2022 and will continue to develop my sector specialisms. We’ve just moved into a new and glorious office space within our building which is great. Within the healthcare team, to provide more resources to clients at the start of their business ventures. In the secured lending work, we are already looking ahead with a few new deals which is great. I am looking forward to continuing supporting my clients, my colleagues and achieving some personal career goals.
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