The work-life quiz: Tiffany Cloynes

What was your first-ever job?

Working on the checkout at Bishops Foodstores, Rugeley, and, if I was lucky, being on the bacon and cheese counters.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Having to go and look at the wreckage following the fire at Manchester Airport in 1985, and dealing with accident investigations at Farnborough.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
Between 8pm and 10pm.

What do you do at the weekends?
Watch Bolton Wanderers FC, go to the theatre, walk my dogs, work in the garden, and cook.

What is your favourite restaurant?
Angela Hartnett at the Connaught in London, Brio in Leeds.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Manager of Bolton Wanderers.

Who is your hero and why?
Christabel, Sylvia, Adela and Emmeline Pankhurst, who created a piece of British history forming the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903, for their contribution to the fight for the vote for women.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Being involved in major regeneration projects and seeing areas transformed and jobs being created.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
alancing the needs and requirements of various parties to enable deals to happen.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Agreeing to take part in the firm’s pantomime. What car do you drive?Honda CRV.

What book are you currently reading?
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson.

What’s on your iPod at the moment?
Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, José Feliciano.

What is your favourite children’s book?
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

What’s the most exciting deal you have ever worked on and why?
Presently working on Media City: UK acting for Peel Media Limited in connection with the development of Media City and the BBC’s proposed move to Salford. This will transform part of Salford, create over 1,800 jobs, and be one of the most innovative developments in the UK.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which two luxury items would you take?
My husband and a decent wine cellar.

What’s the worst partner conference vacation you have attended and why?
A venue on the North Yorkshire moors that resembled a youth hostel. In fact, I think it once was a hostel. It came too near to being an outward bound course!

What’s the longest you have worked without sleep?
Probably 48 hours.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you?
Some have said it should be Road Runner and others Katharine Hepburn.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
My domestic science teacher from school, who would berate me for getting yet another recipe completely wrong, and enquiring as to why only my dishes exploded in the oven.

Name: Tiffany Cloynes
Firm: Cobbetts
Position: Head of public sector
Lives: Near Huddersfield
Education: Fair Oak School; University College London
Work History:
1988: Frere Cholmeley, assistant
1990: Cameron Markby, assistant
1992: Andrew M Jackson, associate
1993: Nabarro Nathanson, senior solicitor
1997: Eversheds, associate and later made partner
2005: Cobbetts, head of public sector