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Eversheds Sutherland Alumni Network

We think of former colleagues as an extended part of our team, which is why we launched the Eversheds Sutherland Alumni Network.

Open to all alumni, our activities are designed to help you reconnect with friends and former colleagues, enrich your professional network and inspire you with compelling stories found within the Eversheds Sutherland community.

Benefits of joining our Alumni Network

By joining this community of legal and business professionals, you will receive:

For more information or if you have any queries,
please contact Rishi Chopra, Senior Alumni Manager, on or +44 783 340 3160.

Member testimonials

Oli Weerasuriya The Eversheds Sutherland Alumni Network provides a platform so former colleagues can celebrate our common heritage and continue to collaborate. There are some fantastically talented, grounded and well-placed individuals in this community. As Alumni Co-Chair, I look forward to facilitating those social and professional links for as many as possible .”
Oliver Weerasuriya, Commercial Development Lead at Shell
Siriol Wyn Jones Eversheds Sutherland taught me the importance of commercial acumen, offering solutions-based advice to clients and excellent project management, among other skills. And now as an in-house lawyer, these skills remain vitally important .”
Siriol Wyn Jones, Managing Associate General Counsel at HSBC

Alumni spotlights

Alumni events

Alumni events are great for networking, knowledge sharing and simply catching up with old friends. We run a range of in-person and online events across the year. Make sure you register with our Alumni Network so you don’t miss our event updates.

We’re also happy to help organize your own reunion. Whether you want to reconnect with former colleagues of a particular cohort, practice area or industry sector, we’d love to hear your ideas. Please get in touch with Rishi Chopra, Senior Alumni Manager , if you’re interested in hosting your own alumni event.

Previous virtual alumni events

Building Inclusive Cultures: Perspectives from Alumni - May 2022

Being inclusive is one of Eversheds Sutherland’s core values. In this online talk, we heard from a diverse panel of alumni featuring Atoussa Mahmoudpour, Justin Kitchens, and Shazadi Stinton. The conversation was chaired by Ian Gray, Executive Partner and Alumni Co-Chair.

Topics include:

  • What inclusion means for us individually and collectively
  • The qualities of inclusive leadership
  • Developing a sense of belonging in the workplace

Watch the Building Inclusive Cultures: Perspectives from Alumni webinar

Fostering a Pro Bono Culture - November 2021

In celebration of the 20th Annual Pro Bono Week, we’re pleased to hear from alumna Debjani Biswas-Hawkes, currently Head of Not-for-Profits Programme and Secondary Specialisation at LawWorks.

In this session, Debjani talked about the importance of fostering a pro bono culture so that even the most disadvantaged in society can enforce their rights.

Watch the Pro Bono Culture webinar

Avoiding burnout: Wellbeing in a post-lockdown world - March 2021

Watch an online talk with Hannah Beko and Anna Robinson , two former Eversheds Sutherland lawyers, now working as wellbeing practitioners, and Ian Gray , Alumni Co-Chair and Executive Partner. Topics include:

  • mental health issues in the law
  • transition to a “blended office” model – burden or blessing?
  • recognising the signs of stress and practical techniques to manage
  • harnessing our emotions and energy in a positive way

Four Generations of Eversheds Sutherland - December 2020

Hear from current and former Eversheds Sutherland lawyers, all of whom represent a milestone joining year stretching back thirty years:

Lee Ranson Lee Ranson:
CEO, Eversheds Sutherland

In 1990, Lee joined the firm as a commercial litigator and has been CEO since 2017. Previously, he was Managing Partner for eight years and led the Real Estate practice group for four.

Andy Yorston Andy Yorston:
Head of Legal, Vodafone UK

In 2000, Andy joined us as a trainee. After leaving, he rose up the ranks at Vodafone and is now a multi-award-winning senior in-house lawyer.

Ismat Abidi:
Counsel, Netflix

In 2010, Izzy began her traineeship with us, including rotations in the Middle East. She has since established a hybrid legal-creative career as a media lawyer and entrepreneur.

Rhiannon Mathias:
Trainee, Eversheds Sutherland

In 2020, Rhiannon graduated from BPP University with a Distinction. She then joined us as a trainee under remote working conditions in unprecedented times.

The conversation was chaired by Aysha Fernandes , Commercial Finance Director at UK Finance and Co-Chair of the Eversheds Sutherland Alumni Network.

Aysha explored how each have stayed on top of their game across the varying stages of their professional journeys. Our speakers also shared their lessons in leadership, fondest firm memories and visions of an ever-evolving legal landscape.