The Lawyer Inquiry: Penny Elliot

Penny Elliott was born in Sheffield in 1955. She is a partner at Withers.

What was your first job?

A trainee wine merchant with Averys of Bristol.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

u2,500.

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

Been a lady of leisure.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

When I became a partner at Withers.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

I choose not to recall!

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

Being surrounded by men in grey suits.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Being surrounded by men in grey suits.

Who do you admire most, and why?

My husband for his original and creative mind.

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

Sir Isaac Newton – an East Anglican farmer with wider interests.

Which web site do you visit the most?

I use the web as little as possible.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Schubert, Songs of the Wayfarer.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Orlando the Marmalade Cat, by Katherine Hale.

What food or drink can't you live without?

Sauternes.

What's your favourite restaurant?

La Bastiglia, Spello (Umbria).

And your favourite watering hole?

Trinity College, Cambridge High Table.

How do you relax?

Sleeping.

What is your most precious possession?

A tape of the 1976 Footlights Review recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Harry's Bar in Venice.

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

At my desk.