Tara RajahTara is a Senior Associate at Allen & Overy and advises on corporate and commercial transactions. In the last six months alone, Tara’s work has ranged from leading on cross-border deals from $500m-$2billion in value, to providing technical support for UK start-ups. Her clients describe her as “very composed and clear in a difficult atmosphere” and “prompt, hardworking, polite, competent, structured, responsive and most importantly has a positive mindset”. Her team describes her as a personable and approachable “rock” even when stretched. Tara qualified mid-financial crisis, and these personal attributes have been invaluable in building and maintaining her practice in complex and volatile environments.

Tara is a keen violinist and participant in her firm’s charity musical productions. Tara’s contributions to her colleagues and to her firm’s initiatives extend much further: she sits on a committee responsible for organising thought-provoking forums for associates, is a pro-active member of the firm’s innovation group and is an enthusiastic organiser on her department’s social committee.

In her spare time, Tara is an avid traveller, having been to over 40 countries, and living and working in the US (New York) and Asia (Bangkok). As a complement to her international experiences, Tara previously established and ran a dining club, which she used to explore different cuisines available within London and as a vehicle to fundraise for charities such as the Consortium for Street Children. Her pro bono and community work has also included advising the Red Cross on disaster management legislation, volunteering at Dress for Success (now Smartworks) and mentoring students as part of the Smarter Futures E-Mentoring Scheme.

Tara holds a Law degree from Cambridge University. Last year she was awarded a Masters with Distinction in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London, achieved through part-time study in parallel to her client work.