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Victoria Cochrane was born in London on 3 July 1956. She played a pivotal role in building a legal team for Ernst & Young's London office, which won her in-house company/commercial lawyer of the year award at the 1996 The Lawyer/Hifal awards.
What was your first job?
What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?
£4,000 per annum.
What would you have done if you hadn't become a lawyer?
Run a flower shop.
Which law could you live without?
Joint and severance liability.
What was your most embarrassing professional moment?
Telling some colleagues a slanderous but completely truthful story about a prominent City lawyer and finding he was seated at the next table.
What car do you drive?
A battered Renault 5.
Which famous person would you like to go out with?
Where would you go to eat?
The Fire Station, at Waterloo.
What's the best thing on TV?
The test match.
Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?
What's your most often-worn piece of clothing?
What book(s) are you reading at the moment?
How Not to be the Perfect Mother by Libby Purves.
What is your all-time favourite record?
Verdi's Requiem conducted by Solti.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?
Keep an open mind about your career opportunities.