Name: Matt Verrell

Specialist area(s): Law, financial services & business services

Please contact me about: Career MOTs and changing careers

I started my professional career as a trainee solicitor at Allen & Overy, before qualifying into the magic circle law firm’s leveraged finance team. I worked on a number of high-profile financings and had the opportunity of working in Moscow for six months. I’ll never forget reading about a deal I’d been a part of on the front page of the FT! I then joined the corporate team at a smaller firm called Fladgate, where I enjoyed getting involved in a broad range of general lending and real estate finance transactions.

I’d had a niggle for some time that a long-term career in law wasn’t for me. The difficult question was what could I do instead? After some time reflecting on what was really important to me I concluded it was helping and supporting others. So, I became a carer, working with individuals struggling with varying forms and stages of dementia and further expanded my experience by working as part of a team delivering end-of-life and palliative care.

Seeing life from the viewpoint of someone at the end of theirs, completely shifted my own perspective. I developed a passion for working with others and supporting them to make the most of their opportunities and flourish.

I’m now a qualified coach, having completed a diploma in personal performance coaching at The Coaching Academy. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation, a global organisation whose members are committed to upholding high standards of coaching, conduct and ethics within the profession. I work with ambitious and talented professionals through times of change and support them to effectively stand out from the crowd.  I’m a strong advocate for not being held back by self-imposed limitations and believe every challenge holds huge opportunity.