Work-life quiz

Jane Lister, managing partner, Foot Anstey Sargent

What was your first ever job?
Washing dishes in a café in Lyme Regis.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Collecting a partner – this was a very long time ago – from hospital and being given the senior partner’s old mac for him to wear, and then having to sit on a local ferry in my open-top car with a man in his pyjamas.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
The pub.

What time do you usually leave the office?
Sometime after six.

What do you do at weekends?
Recover from the week.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Plymouth’s best Italian, Positano.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A captain of industry or an accountant. Accountants work very hard like we do, but the returns are better.

Who was your mentor or role model?
The women solicitors of my age now – if you see what I mean – Margaret Anstey, Eva Crawley, Blanche Lucas.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The challenge, the excitement, the variety and the people.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The challenge, the excitement, the variety and the people.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
I’ve been with Foot Anstey Sargent for 34 years, so I could probably write a book on this. The overall lesson is: you can’t avoid making mistakes, but if you learn something from every one you can move forward and do better.

What car(s) do you drive?
A Mercedes E240 and a Ford Fiesta – but only if I have to!

What book are you currently reading?
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.

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

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Little Women [by Louisa May Alcott].