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What time do you start work each day? 8.30am, but the BlackBerry is on from about 6am.
Name: Sue Ives Firm:Berwin Leighton Paisner Position: PA to managing partner Neville Eisenberg Lives: Thrapston, Northampton
What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?
Filing - the paper kind, not the nail kind.
How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?
None. I’ve never used it - I don’t have time.
What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?
I once received a box of nuts, but I’ve only received nice presents from Neville. He once gave me a pashmina. I sometimes give unusual presents, I once gave someone a block of cheese - they were difficult to buy for. They said they liked it, but I think they were actually bit disappointed and hid it well.
If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?
I’d introduce a law for tube travellers where people have to be courteous and polite to others - I don’t think it would last long though.
How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future)?
I would put it towards a fab holiday and sat in the sun - without the BlackBerry.
What are the best perks of your role?
Having daily contact with clients and staff and being part of the team here.
What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?
I don’t look great in casual clothes, so I tend to go for dark jeans and a smart jacket.
Have you ever been asked to do anything at work that you suspect might have been illegal?
Definitely not. My mum was a magistrate and my brother is a policeman.
What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?
I can’t honestly think of anything that has really irritated me over the years.
How do you unwind after the end of a hard week?
I sometimes have a G&T or glass of wine on the train journey home with my trainbuds.
Do you see your colleagues on weekends?
No - they see enough of me during the week - they need a break.
Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details).
I met, fell in love with and married my husband while at my last firm - 17 years ago.
If you were a lawyer what would your practice area be and why?
It would have to be corporate. Sharp suits, shoulder pads and big deals - think Dallas/Dynasty. Sorry, showing my age again.
What do you eat for lunch?
I’m on a diet at the moment, so lunch is anything that doesn’t contain chocolate, sugar, bread or cakes.
Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?
I wish, but sadly no.
What items do you always carry around with you at work?
Notepad, pen, BlackBerry and a smile.
Of whom do you have photos on your desk?
My husband, Andy.
What’s your favourite local?
The Fox Inn, Thorpe Waterville.
Soy Latte or Nescafe?
Nescafe Gold Blend - I liked the adverts in the 90s and it tastes good.
City break or weekend in the country?
Even though I live in the country, I’m a City girl at heart so it would have to be a City break.
Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.
My employer (Neville) : Dynamic, ambitious, driven.