The work-life quiz

Marjorie Holmes, partner, DAC

What was your first ever job?
Shop assistant in the shoe department at the Co-op in Farnworth near Bolton.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Having to prosecute a stowaway under the Merchant Shipping Act.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The ladies’ toilet – the secretaries know everything.

What time do you usually leave the office?
It varies, although earlier in August.

What do you do at weekends?
Play golf, spend time with my nieces and nephews and watch Bolton Wanderers play at least once a year.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Gaucho Grill, Chancery Lane.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
If I had been a boy I would have gone to sea. My father, who died when I was seven, was in the Merchant Navy.

Who was your mentor or role model?
At work – senior partner David McIntosh and client Shinichi Okabe. Domestic – my mother, who brought up eight children single-handed.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The money.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The work.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Keeping my Lancashire accent and I’ll let you know when I work it out.

What car(s) do you drive?
Mercedes C Class.

What book are you currently reading?
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
Elvis.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Thomas the Tank Engine.