Work Life Quiz: Karen Howard, RPC

What was your first-ever job? 

Sales assistant in a boutique. I started when I was only 12 years old but made out I was 15. (You could do stuff like that, back then.)

What was your worst experience as a trainee? 


Leaving my car keys in a bank in Loughborough while I was paying in money at lunchtime for a barrister on an inquiry – the inquiry ended at 7pm and I couldn’t drive home.

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

The ladies toilet.

What’s your favourite restaurant? 

It changes – Berners Tavern this week.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it? 

Not becoming a broker in the 1980s – I could have retired by now.

What’s your favourite film? 

Walk the Line, about the life of Johnny Cash.

What was the first record you ever bought? 

20th Century Boy, by T Rex.

Who’s your hero and why? 

My dog Jake – he makes everything okay.

What car do you drive? 

A red Range Rover Evoque.

What’s the best thing about your job? 


What’s the toughest thing about your job? 


If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? 


What book are you reading? 

Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown.

What’s your favourite children’s book? 

Rover Saves Christmas, by Roddy Doyle.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why? 

The Millennium Dome, I was young and being shouted at to get the deal done, and I did.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take? 

iPod and pillow.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why? 

It was in Portugal, and the pool was more exciting than the conference.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep? 

36 hours


Name: Karen Howard 

Title: Partner

Firm: RPC

Lives: Chelmsford


1982-83: Law, Anglia University 

Work history 

1988-2000: Berwin Leighton Paisner

2000-03: Ashurst

2003-07: Olswang

2007-10: Wragge & Co

2010-13: RPC