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Legal Intern

Noah Abelman

Noah helps the legal team to prepare and execute the legal aspects of Square Peg’s transactions as well as provides in-house legal services generally.

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Noah Abelman

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What’s your greatest frustration?

"My greatest frustration is the limited amount of time I have after subtracting work and study. It would be great to spend hours on random intellectual pursuits like learning new languages, new musical instruments, or any new skill really. More generally, it’s frustrating that doors close to alternative lives as you progress further down the path you’ve chosen. I would love to study every degree that interests me, pursue every business idea I’ve ever had and try out a diverse range of professions. Clearly this question has triggered some anxiety I have about finishing uni this year."

What tech do you avoid in your personal life?

"I tend to avoid social media as much as I can. This is fairly easy given I’m a private person anyway. But I’ve also become fearful of social media as more whistle-blowers describe how this technology is manipulating us. It’s also quite clear that it is having a significant detrimental effect on the mental health of the population and young people especially."

Where’s the joy in your work?

"The joy in my work is the process of slowly becoming more competent. At this early stage of my career, I feel ‘imposter syndrome’ often and have many doubts about my ability to actually be useful. The process of completing routine tasks faster, being able to offer better analysis and just generally having more of an idea of what is going makes me feel quite proud. The aim is to keep up this level of learning and growth throughout my career. "

What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?

"Breaking Bad. Best TV show ever and I will die on that hill. Who doesn’t love a good hero-to-antihero story arc?"

What was the greatest lesson an early job taught you?

"My first role was as a pricing analyst for a steel-rolling company. My greatest lesson from that role was the importance of commerciality and commercial considerations in any advice you provide. That has proved to be invaluable in the legal roles I have held more recently. That job also taught me the importance of creating good rapport with the people you work with, even if they aren’t in your team. Though, I still struggle with that one."

How did your last job equip you for this one?

"My most recent job was as a law clerk at a boutique law firm specialising in financial services law. That area of law is not taught at university, and it is quite technical and difficult to gain a familiarity with. Hence, being able to learn it on the job was incredibly useful. It doesn’t come up a huge amount in my role at Square Peg but having that background makes things much easier."

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