The work-life quiz

Jane Harte-Lovelace, head of insurance coverage, Kilpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham

What was your first-ever job?

An inefficient dental nurse.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Enforcing an order for possession at 6am in December with Alsatians.

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

Trainees have always been the source of all news and gossip.

What time do you usually leave the office?


What do you do at weekends?

Spend time with my husband, children and friends in our cottage in Wiltshire.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Delfina in Bermondsey Street, London.

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

A lady who lunches.

Who was your mentor or role model?

Ken Duncan at Stephenson Harwood.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Dealing with people and being paid to be nosy – I am a litigator.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Dealing with – some – of the people.

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

A client was unhappy with the advice I gave, even though I was right. My mistake was the manner in which I gave the advice, not the advice itself.

What car(s) do you drive?

Volvo XC90.

What book are you currently reading?

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos – courtesy of my book group.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?

The Lemonheads.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome.