The Lawyer Inquiry: Susan Thackeray

Susan Thackeray was born in Hertfordshire in 1963. She is a solicitor in the commercial litigation department at Russell Jones & Walker.

What was your first job?

Girl Friday (on a Saturday) at Handy's Building Supplies.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?


What would you have done if you hadn't been a lawyer?

Managed a Formula One racing team.

What was your most satisfying professional moment?

A recent landslide victory in libel proceedings against World in Action.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Asking my client's mother (a Belfast Catholic) when her son joined the IRA – I meant RAF.

What do you least like about being a lawyer?

The media perception of law as a money-grabbing, self-satisfied, uncaring profession.

And the best thing about being a lawyer?

Disproving the media perception (hopefully).

Who do you admire most, and why?

Stan Bowles – for services rendered to Queen's Park Rangers.

Which famous person or historical figure would be your ideal client, and why?

Oscar Wilde. Because he had no intellectual respect for women, it would have been a challenge to have persuaded him not to sue Lord Queensberry for criminal libel.

Which Web site do you visit the most?

Russell Jones & Walker:

What is your all-time favourite record?

Perhaps Girl from Ipanema by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto or U2's Achtung Baby.

What is your all-time favourite book?

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

What food or drink can't you live without?

A good sour mash bourbon.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Maison Novelli, Clerkenwell Green.

And your favourite watering hole?

Bacchus wine bar in Buntingford, Hertfordshire.

How do you relax?

A deep, hot bubble bath and being fed grapes by my sex slaves.

What is your most precious possession?

A signed programme of a Carry On stage show, which I saw when I was six.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Sitting on a yacht in Monte Carlo.

In 10 years' time, where do you see yourself?

Still dreaming about running a professional racing team.