Ashrita Patel

Experience

Ashrita Patel has 15 years’ experience in advising on general commercial/corporate; insurance; financial services regulatory; sales and distribution (commercial and consumer); corporate governance; company secretarial; and transformation matters.

Ashrita qualified at a small firm in Westminster, Piper Smith Watton LLP (now merged with Blake Morgan). After qualifying, she moved in-house and has worked for a number of organisations (AXA, ACE European Group, Chubb Europe; Charles Taylor Adjusting and Bupa Global) on a domestic and international basis as a lawyer, Company Secretary, Programme Director and Head of New Market Entry. Having worked for a number of organisations, she is able to flex her style and deliver commercially pragmatic and succinct advice, which each client is able to consider in the context of their own risk appetite.

In Ashrita's own words...

“SMEs are the backbone of our economy. Through their innovation, they create opportunities such as employment; competition; customer choice. SMEs are less constrained by red-tape, often more flexible and agile, which makes them more interesting. It’s essential that SMEs protect their interests by securing good quality, affordable support in navigating legal matters to minimise disputes and losses. It’s great to be part of that support network.”

Education

  • LLB Hons, Law with French, UW Aberystwyth – 2004 (Intercalary year (Erasmus) – Universite Lumiere Lyon II, France)
  • Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School – 2005

Achievements

Previous

  • Programme Director – led Programme delivery of market entry and market exit initiatives (Bupa Global)
  • Member of the Executive Team and Compliance Officer (Charles Taylor Adjusting)
  • Company Secretary (Chubb Insurance - Europe)
  • Member of the IUA Legal & Regulatory Committee (representing Chubb Insurance – Europe)

Current:

  • Co-opted (non-parent) School Governor for Bell Farm Primary School, Walton-upon-Thames
  • Local Governor (non-parent) for Three Rivers Academy, Walton-upon-Thames

Other Interests

Baking/cooking; Zumba; Pilates; cinema; volunteering. Member of the Women’s Institute.

Languages

Conversational French; A-level German; achieved a Distinction in beginners’ Spanish at Law School; Gujarati (mother tongue); excellent understanding of spoken Hindi and good conversational skills.