7.00am: I have a well practised morning routine - dress, tube, Pret a Manger (cappuccino and pretzel) - all in 45 minutes maximum, as I live close to the office. I enjoy what I do, so I usually look forward to getting into work.
8.15am: Arrive at my desk and start with an internal meeting with the rest of the Business Technology team. Everyone reports back on current goings-on and the transactions they are covering.
It's a very young team but incredibly enthusiastic, which pushes the more senior members to keep on top of things and answer tricky questions. We operate a very flat structure and trainee lawyers use their initiative and question us closely on what is happening.
We provide the financial services industry with advice on exploiting IT, IP, e-commerce and telecommunications. The workload is very varied.
This morning we discussed the recent European data protection international transfer terms, which are contractual provisions under which personal data can be moved around the world without breaching EU law.
10.00am: Meeting with a large investment bank to discuss electronic trading platforms. Huge problems exist in any B2B online forum, particularly in relation to a bank's ability to start trading on-line.
Unless there is a pre-existing contractual relationship, the bank cannot be certain who it is trading with and whether it is protected sufficiently (if at all).
Despite EU digital signature legalisation the law is fairly unhelpful, so we have to find a commercial solution that allows the bank to make the most of the new trading medium while enjoying minimal risk exposure. This sort of problem solving is the part of the job that I most enjoy.
12.45pm: Lunch with the in-house lawyer at a new internet bank. We worked flat out to set the bank up in 8 months and it's great to hear how it's now doing (already trading in three continents). It's also really good when a business relationship develops into friendship.
It is a mark of trust that the client puts in your expertise and makes working closely fun. We've worked together so much over the last year that we know each other really well and the conversation is mainly an update on who's doing what and holidays, which seems a pre-occupation of the whole City in August.
2.30pm: Meet with a junior colleague to review quite a detailed legal opinion for a client which collects and publishes financial information. They are looking at intellectual property rights in collated information and financial indices, to make sure they're making the most out of their intangible assets.
Despite the very clear statute and case law in most countries protecting intellectual property (and particularly such valuable information) I'm always amazed at the number of major commercial entities that assume information on the internet is free to everyone.
Again the law is one thing but the commercial pressures in enforcing rights need to be taken into consideration, so we pitch the opinion on a very practical basis.
4.00pm: Final review meeting on a major agreement we've produced for a European bank, which is licensing an entire equity trading system to a US bank on a "white label" basis (meaning it will have the US bank's brand).
We're starting to see a lot of exploitation by banks of their own systems, allowing them to generate licence revenues from the technology as well as increasing their trading volumes.
I cut my teeth in the IT industry acting for household name software suppliers, and although these days my job is helping financial service providers exploit technology, I'm always delighted to meet with the techies and hear their plans to market and develop new products.
6.30pm: Check my emails and catch up on a pile of papers on my chair (and make a covert trip to our in-house coffee bar for latte and brownies). Spend some time with colleagues talking through matters they are working on and discussing priorities and timing for our heavy workload.
Our conversations turn to talk of recession. We are continuing to grow, though market conditions are becoming tougher.
8.30pm: Meet my lawyer boyfriend in a Fleet Street pub for a quick drink and chat with friends from our trainee days. We're going through a healthy phase so we decide to walk home, but then ruin the effect by stopping at Rasa in Oxford Street for Keralan curry and ice cream.
10.00pm: Home in time to watch one of those fly on the wall programmes ñ it's all rubbish of course but we need to keep up with current affairs after all what else would we have to discuss with clients over lunch? I fall into bed at 11ish, as usual totally exhausted.