Michael Lugaiya

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I graduated in 2002 in LLM Commercial Law. I then returned to my employer, the Tanzania Revenue Authority as a Senior Principal Legal Counsel until March 2007. After leaving, I moved to the East African Community Secretariat as a Lawyer who was responsible for compliance and enforcement in the Customs Directorate. I finished my contact in March 2017, and joined my own law firm, which had been established in August 2012.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I have competence in research and management of the business. Confidence is an important part of the job too, and is often a skill that is overlooked.

Main work activities in your current role

Engaging in consultancy, conveyancing and litigation.

A typical day in your job

Keeping a good diary is a must. Court attendance starts in the morning, and office work typically follows in the afternoon, depending on which appointments have been arranged.

Main challenges in your role

Satisfying clients is a priority, and this has everything to do with the quality of work and time management.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

My training was in this area, and I enjoy it. Even while in employment with the Tanzania Revenue Authority, I preferred working in the Legal Services Department.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

They need to work hard and possibly consider specialisation because the area had become much wider than it ever has been.