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Ride Across Britain: Keep calm and pedal (ride/cycle) on

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It is an exciting time to be a lawyer in the Deloitte UK Incentives and Reward Practice according to Lucy Boyle. This Associate Director designs and drafts equity incentive plans and advises on legal and regulatory issues for private and financial services firms. The London Global Employer Services (GES) team and Lucy are busy, and she's happy about that. "I am not only advising clients. I'm also structuring and providing client solutions. I didn't get that type of experience when I worked at a traditional law firm," says Lucy. "The work I do now is more commercial and engages teams from multiple practice areas—taxation, immigration, consulting—and from around the world. We are also at the forefront of providing technology solutions to clients."

That ability to bring clients the full range of legal and business services they need is helping Lucy to strengthen relationships and grow business, and that has been a boon for her career. "Clients recognize the value-add of bolting on multiple aspects and jurisdictions of a relocation with one service provider," says Lucy, "Working across practice areas and borders is broadening my experience and expertise in areas of interest to me, like FinTech where Deloitte is doing a lot of work, and taking my career in new directions."

"I provide more than advice. I provide solutions, including technology solutions."

From her first day on the job, Deloitte UK presented Lucy with challenges she was eager to take on. The Ride Across Britain (RAB) nine-day, 980-mile charity bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats was one of them. "RAB was discussed at my orientation day and people were encouraged to apply to ride," says Lucy. "I did—not really thinking too much about
it—and won a place."

Over the next nine months, Lucy learned bike mechanics, how to clip into the bike pedals—which involved falling over a lot and scraping her knees. She joined cycling clubs and put in 100+ mile training runs every weekend, did spin classes and yoga—and raised donations for her charity, De Paul UK, from family, friends, clients, and colleagues.

RAB is one of the world's greatest challenges. It puts the riders under immense physical strain. To make the ride even tougher, there was a stomach virus going around, and Lucy caught it a few days into RAB. "I got off to a rough start—couldn't sleep the first night of the ride and then couldn’t eat because I was ill, so I had a few moments when I wanted to give up," Lucy remembers. "It was the teamwork and the kindness of the other riders—as well as my parents who stood on the roadside with a sign cheering me on—that got me through."

On a difficult stretch between Penrith, England and Edinburgh, Scotland she joined a peloton with a group of older men from another organization. "I might never have met these guys at another time," says Lucy, "but we had some laughs and helped each other along that day."

"It was training, determination, and the support of the other riders and my family that got me across the finish line."

Lucy will tell you that there is nothing quite like the euphoria of crossing the finish line. Doing RAB is a massive achievement that takes physical and mental strength. It also offers up a lot of life and career lessons along the way. "RAB is a lot like a career. It has its ups and downs, and you learn through the journey that you have the ability and perseverance to overcome obstacles and succeed," concludes Lucy. "I love working at Deloitte, and RAB, riding to make a positive impact on people's lives, is one of the main reasons why I'm so glad I joined the firm."

"Ride Across Britain, like a career, is a marathon not a sprint."

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