The Lawyer Inquiry: Suzanne Durey was born in Northumberland in 1963. She is a partnerin the property

What subject(s) did you fail at school?Home Economics, as anyone unfortunate enough to

have experienced food thatI've attempted to cook will confirm.What was your first job?On

a farm, co-ordinating a 24-hour-a-day crop harvesting programme

acrossNorthumberland.What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?u8,200What would you

have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?The worlds of behind the scenes television and/or

journalism always appealed.What was your most satisfying professional moment?Completing

the first specialist mental healthcare PFI project last year.What was your most

embarrassing professional moment?At my previous firm I loaded a group of clients into

the lift after a latenight completion meeting only to discover the following day that

they hadbeen trapped there into the early hours of the next morning.What do you least

like about being a lawyer?Timesheets.And the best thing about being a lawyer?The

opportunity to apply intellectual skills to real life practical situations.What annoys

you most about clients?Delays resulting from internal re-organisation within the NHS can

befrustrating at times.Who do you most admire, and why?Anybody who cooks well, because

I can't.Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?The

healthcare emphasis of my work makes Florence Nightingale the obviouschoice.What is your

most annoying habit?Regularly failing to programme the VCR correctly.What's your biggest

fear?My wonderful secretary leaving me.How do you relax?Horse riding, playing the piano,

shopping and spending time with good friends.What is your most precious possession?My

piano.Where would you most like to be right now?Horse riding in Montana (Robert Redford

20 years younger than in The HorseWhisperer an optional extra).In 10 years' time, where

do you see yourself?Still trying to think of a witty and original response to this

questionnot involving sun-drenched beaches, winning the national lottery etc.To take

part in the Inquiry call Jemma Pearson on 0171 970 461