Our Stories: Molly Woods

Written by Ruth Keeling. Posted in Our Stories.

image0Sometimes it takes two shots at London, before you find the fit that feels right. Just ask Molly Woods, 31, a high-flying lawyer from Hastings, New Zealand, now partner at the renowned law firm Ashurst. Molly practises multinationally on mergers and acquisitions, equity capital market transactions and corporate restructurings. Her promotion to partnership at Ashurst in May 2022, after just over five years with the company, means London now feels exactly the right place for her to be.

After studying politics and law at Victoria University in Wellington, Molly worked as a solicitor for top-tier Kiwi law firm Bell Gully, an experience she credits as being “absolutely foundational”. “In a market that's smaller, you take on senior responsibilities faster than over here, yet with incredibly-experienced, brilliant, qualified people as your first teachers and trainers”, she explains. 

Our Stories: Grace Prendergast

Written by Alice Peacock. Posted in Our Stories.

Grace PrendergastOlympic champion rower Grace Prendergast is ready for a new chapter, having put down her oars for the last time in her professional sporting career to pursue a life outside of sport.

Speaking from her home in south-west London, where she moved late last year, Grace says launching herself into this new phase of her life is both “exciting” and “terrifying”. 

Grace, 30, won gold in the coxless pair alongside Kerri Gowler at the Tokyo Games in 2021  - her second Olympics - as well as claiming silver in the eights. She won her first of 15 national titles in 2011 and finished her career at the top of her game, coming first in the Women’s Pair in the 2022 World Rowing Championships.

Our Stories: Kylie Price

Written by Ruth Keeling. Posted in Our Stories.

Kylie Price

“The leaves will change their colours… and life / wants more from me.” The emotional lyrics of Kiwi singer-songwriter Kylie Price resonate in an autumnal London, much as they did in her chilly hometown of Dunedin. Kylie, 29, concluded her debut season in the UK last month with a polished set at the renowned music venue ‘Green Note’ in Camden and she is Caffe Nero’s featured ‘Artist of the Month’ for November. With two decades of experience performing and an array of international awards under her belt, the 29-year old is now evolving further, as her London adventure brings a new backbeat to the country-influenced folk-pop style which has brought her NZ chart success. “I’m excited to share with people new music that they wouldn’t expect me to release”, she says.

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