Charlene Cowen

Director | People and Wellbeing


Charlene heads up the group’s people and wellbeing function. Charlene’s main focus is leading and implementing HR related policies, procedures and strategies as well as dealing with general day-to day HR requirements, recruitment (including developing graduate training programmes and strategies), soft-skills training, talent development, mentoring and coaching. Charlene implemented the Company’s wellbeing initiative, the Recharge Plan, in 2014, which she continues to develop and maintain, focussing on both the mental and physical wellbeing of the MJ Hudson team.

Charlene was the first employee of MJ Hudson, joining Matthew Hudson as an Associate (solicitor) to launch MJ Hudson in 2010.


Experience

Charlene qualified as a solicitor into the Corporate and Commercial Department of the London office of O’Melveny & Myers in 2007. She has also worked in-house at a London-based software company.

Charlene spent her first four years at MJ Hudson working predominantly as a solicitor gaining experience on various aspects of private equity transactions, including fund formation, secondaries and corporate/M&A with a focus on employment, partnership and other advisory work for investment firms and their portfolio companies.
Since moving full time into her current role, Charlene has experience in advising the Company on various employment related matters including disciplinary matters, regulation, policy and process updates as well as employment and consultancy related contracts. She collaborates with the divisional heads in terms implementing group strategies and day-to-day management tasks.


Education and Qualifications

  • LLB (hons)

  • LPC

  • Solicitor (England and Wales)

Interests

Charlene is the mother of two young boys which keeps her rather busy outside of the office! She has a keen interest in general wellbeing – both physically and mentally, using nutrition, exercise and alternative therapies as a means of minimising stress in an attempt to remain healthy.

Charlene has previously been a volunteer for the Law Society of England and Wales (which included training given by the Samaritans), helping law students, trainees and other lawyers with a wide range of personal and work related issues. She has recently become a volunteer of PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) through Hudson’s Heroes, supporting prisoners, people with convictions and their families.

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