Wendy Benjamin is Managing Partner and Local Practice Group Head of the Corporate team at Appleby in Jersey, and also has management responsibility for Appleby’s Guernsey office.
Having first joined Appleby in 1999, Wendy became a partner in 2003. Prior to her move to the Channel Islands Wendy was the Legal Adviser to the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales between 1995 and 1999. Before this she was a partner with Eversheds where she trained and qualified.
Wendy specialises in banking, corporate and commercial law and has an excellent reputation in intellectual property, IT and data protection.
In her roles leading the Corporate team and having responsibility for the overall management of both Channel Islands offices, Wendy focuses on shaping the future of the business, including strengthening and growing both the Jersey and Guernsey teams, while ensuring that clients continue to receive the high level of service they expect.
What’s in your case, Wendy?
Passport and foreign currency – I always carry my passport with me “just in case” and can always find foreign currency lurking in the bottom of my hand bag from various trips to our other offices, including dollars for BVI, Cayman and Bermuda.
Turtle – a friend gave me this years ago and I keep it with me to remind me that small incremental steps can lead to big changes – slow and steady wins the race!
Co-tags – I always have two but oddly different sizes – one for our Jersey and one for our Guernsey office.
Two phones and chargers – these are always with me as flexible and mobile working is vital as I travel a lot and have recently changed my working hours to four days a week. It’s so re-energizing and gives my team plenty of development opportunities, I would recommend it to anyone in a senior position.
Books – this series of short Carol Ann Duffy books is great for distraction in airports. My favourite poem is “Text” from the Rapture collection which perfectly captures dating in the mobile age.
Fitbit charger – I always need a little reminder to keep moving especially from my desk, so I never go anywhere without my Fitbit and charger.
Moisturiser / Sun cream – being Welsh, I have Celtic skin that freckles and burns so sun cream is essential.
Lipstick – I don’t wear make-up usually but lipstick brightens me up if I’m feeling tired.
Perfume – Chanel No 5 reminds me of my late mother, but for me I prefer No 19 – if I leave it behind I have to have a quick spray in duty free!