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Linda Urquhart, chief executive, Morton Fraser, Edinburgh
What was your first ever job? Sales assistant in a record shop.
What was your worst experience as a trainee? Being pitched into a Court of Session case that had been ill-prepared and with no proper briefing. Counsel ended up growling at me as he was being asked difficult questions from the bench that he couldn’t answer. As we left the courtroom he gave me a dressing down about the inadequacies of the case he’d been asked to present. He’s now my husband of 16 years.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? The trainees. They move around the divisions and have get-togethers, so they know all the gossip.
What time do you usually leave the office? Three days a week I leave mid-afternoon to pick my children up from school. Other days will find me at my desk at 7pm or at an evening event.
What do you do at weekends? In the summer I sail off the West Coast of Scotland. In the winter I taxi children between hockey and drama.
What’s your favourite restaurant? Dusit, a Thai restaurant in Thistle Street, Edinburgh.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been? An accountant – narrow escape.
Who is your mentor or role model? Hugh Henderson, who recently retired as a partner in Morton Fraser.
What’s the best thing about your job? The variety. My day can veer from the sublime to the ridiculous in minutes.
What’s the toughest thing about your job? When things aren’t going well, or people aren’t performing, having to let people go.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it? I thought about going abroad after qualifying and didn’t. I learnt that if you don’t seize opportunities as they present themselves, they don’t often come along again.
What car(s) do you drive? A Volvo 850 Estate to accommodate the children, a dinghy and general family kit.
What book are you currently reading? Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach.
What’s on your CD player at the moment? Jamie Cullum’s Twentysomething.
What’s your favourite children’s book? The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne.