Athena Markides Biography Athena joined Chambers in October 2014 following successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a broad practice and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' work. During her pupillage Athena gained experience of complex and high value claims across Chambers' core areas of practice, including construction, professional negligence, contractual disputes, and personal injury law. She is now regularly instructed to provide advice and representation in these areas and has appeared in county courts for trials and interlocutory hearings. In the year prior to her pupillage, Athena was employed as a Legal Analyst by a start-up providing online invoice discounting services. This has given her valuable experience with complex financial products and facilities, with collections operations and with risk identification and management. Working with institutional investors and with SMEs has honed Athena's commercial awareness and in particular, her understanding of the needs of corporate clients and how best to deliver for them. Between 2011 and 2012, Athena was a paralegal at the Office of Communications ("Ofcom"). She undertook a wide variety of work including advising upon competition, procurement and public law issues and drafting documents for the Leveson Inquiry. She worked with people at all levels of seniority and across Ofcom’s departments, and continues to enjoy working as part of a team as well as individually.