The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

Jennie Allen was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1973. She is a corporate services solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall solicitors in Newbury, Berkshire.

What subject(s) did you fail at school?

Art & design.

What was your first job?

Saturday sales assistant in a shoe shop.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u15,000 as a paralegal.

What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?

A chocolate taster at Thorntons.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

Qualifying.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Calling a client by the wrong name throughout a long meeting before being told by him at the end his real name.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The reputation for being money oriented.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

The money?!

What annoys you most about clients?

Their belief that they know the law better than you do – only some though.

Who do you most admire, and why?

The partner at my firm who undertakes the salary reviews.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Gary Rhodes – in return for legal advice he could do all my cooking.

What is your most annoying habit?

Always being right.

What's your biggest fear?

A negligence claim.

How do you relax?

Horse-riding.

What is your most precious possession?

My horse.

Where would you most like to be right now?

On a beach somewhere hot and sunny.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

Hopefully still enjoying my work to the same extent which I do now.

To take part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 4614