Mother’s ruin is lawyer’s shoo-in

The concept of work-life balance is really being embraced these days among lawyers. Few, though, have done as well at marrying business and pleasure than former Addleshaws partner Susannah Sheppard.

Sheppard, a competition specialist, is the sole UK distributor of Xoriguer gin, a tipple that hails from (and has until now only been available on) Menorca.

The lawyer left Addleshaws in May this year, although she had been working three days a week for her final 12 months as she set up the business. Two months ago she struck an exclusive national distribution deal with Waitrose and, on Monday 14 November, the booze will be available on the posh people’s supermarket shelves.

“I loved life as a lawyer, but I always thought there might be something more,” Sheppard told Tulkinghorn. Gin-ius!