An interview with the Head of Legal at a FinTech superstar

Originally from Lancashire, 31-year-old Ahmed Badr moved to London in 2003 to study medicine. But after deciding that medicine wasn’t right for him, he left university to take a year out before returning to study business. Now, seven years later, he’s a qualified solicitor and the Head of Legal at the booming FinTech company GoCardless.

In this frank interview, he reveals how he made those all-important career decisions…

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What does Brexit mean for the Japanese banking sector?

As Brexit and the City start to shape up, sectors across financial services are signalling how they’re likely to react in the coming months as planning for Brexit becomes a reality. To get the lowdown on what’s happening in the Japanese banking sector we spoke to our man on the inside, Jon Pettigrew MBA, Senior Consultant at Maxus Consultants and adviser to the Japanese business community since 2009.

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As London’s tube strike looms with the inevitable struggle to get to work, what are your legal rights if you are late or can’t turn up at all?

Employment lawyer Philip Landau considers the position.

What are your rights to be paid?

The general position is that you are only entitled to be paid for work that you have actually carried out. If your contract of employment or staff handbook specifically provides for you to still receive salary in circumstances where you are unable to attend work due to events outside your control, then you will have a contractual right to be paid. Otherwise, it will simply be down to your employers’ discretion and goodwill as to whether they decide to pay you.

What if you manage to get to work, but for less hours than usual because of the travel disruption?

The same position applies as above. You are only entitled to be paid for the hours that you have actually worked.

Are there any alternative arrangements to stop me losing pay?

You may be able to agree with your employer to take the time off as part of your holiday leave, or to make up the time lost by working extended hours after the strike is over. Alternatively, your employer may allow you to work from home. Whether they agree to do so or not is likely to be determined by the type of work you do, and how easily your work can be carried out from home- including whether you have the necessary facilities.

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