An Interview with Alasdair Johnston

What do you do for Abacus Trust Group/Moores Rowland?

I am the Group Legal Counsel and also Director of the new London office recently opened in Mayfair.

What do you love most about your role?

The variety. In any given day I will work on legal matters effecting the Group, whether internal Group matters or external commercial issues, sitting on the Group's risk management committee, assisting clients with cross-border corporate structuring or commercial arrangements, UK product design, advising the Group's fiduciary entities, meeting intermediaries and clients.

What has been your greatest achievement?

I have only been with the Abacus Trust Group since just before the Coronavirus lockdown started and so, to date, I think establishing a London office and all that goes with that whilst the world retreated behind closed doors.

How has your business adapted in light of COVID-19?

From a Group perspective, the business was able to adjust to lockdown seamlessly and we have fared well. Significant resources were invested in our IT systems and processes well before Coronavirus appeared and, whilst not the original plan, these investments made switching to remote working simple for staff and we have been able to continue looking after our clients without any issues at all.

From a London office perspective, we have only ever existed during this unusual period but have been open more or less throughout. Ironically, it has been more about adapting to a post-pandemic world - which I am very happy to say we have done!

Why did you join PCD?

PCD provides a good platform for professionals to make new contacts in a relaxed and social environment. The opportunity for information sharing, debate and work referrals are key.

Have you attended a PCD webinar? What did you think?

Numerous during lockdown but I am looking forward to having these seminars and meetings face to face now that we should all be progressing back to normality as best as we can.

On a weekend, I am most likely found...

Driving my children between rugby / football / cricket matches the length and breadth of Wiltshire and Berkshire…. When I get some downtime, I am normally reminded that, in fact, we are off for dinner with friends.


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