9 March 2022

Generation Now - Episode One: Appear Here founder, Ross Bailey on trailblazing flexible retail spaces

In episode one of our latest podcast series, Generation Now - Disrupting Perceptions, host Katherine Ekers talks to entrepreneur and wunderkind Ross Bailey - the founder and CEO of Appear Here - an online marketplace for short term retail space.

They’re joined by Rowena Marshall, Partner in Forsters' Banking & Finance team.

To continue the conversation on social media, use #ForstersGenNow.

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Take 5 with Rowena Marshall

In this five minute interview Rowena provides an honest review of talking to Ross Bailey, as well as sharing her own career journey. What did she learn, what surprised her the most and what is her millennial stereotype pet peeve?

What did you enjoy the most about interviewing Ross Bailey?

It was definitely hearing Ross' story of how his business came to be. Ross is clearly someone who is passionate about his sector and it seemed his success comes from a desire to improve the communities we are all part of. To have such an entrepreneurial drive at a young age is inspiring, Ross never sits back and accepts the status quo. Something we could all learn from – even risk adverse lawyers like me!

What kind of advice/ legal services do you provide to next-gen clients?

As a banking and finance lawyer I advise next gen-clients who are using finance as a means to expand their operations, whether that is in the real estate or corporate space. My next gen-clients include developers, property investors, family offices and business owners. Many of my clients are getting finance for the first time, and as that injection of funds enables them to accelerate their growth it is a really exciting time for me to be part of their journey by providing strategic advice and guidance to them.

What piece of advice would you provide to next-gen clients?

I think we can all learn from Ross and not accept the status quo.

Tell us a bit about your career journey

I am approaching my eight year anniversary at Forsters. I moved at a time when I was thinking about my career progression and Forsters always struck me as a progressive firm which appealed to an ambitious young and female lawyer like me. Having been made partner 2 years ago, I think I am an example of the firm's commitment to the next-gen (albeit as I get older I am close to no longer being part of this category!).

What is your millennial stereotype pet peeve?

That there is even a stereotype at all! Millennials are people born across a 20 year period so I cannot imagine that we all share the same traits!


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Episode Two: Auction Collective founder Tom Best on reinventing the art auction

Katherine talks to Tom Best, the founder of The Auction Collective which aims to simplify the auction process, making art accessible for more people.

Generation Now - Disrupting Perceptions: Episode 2

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