Elaine Delmonte: Macfarlanes

What time do you start work each day? 8.30am.

Name:  Elaine Delmonte
Firm:  Macfarlanes
Position:  Secretary/PA
Lives: NW London

What’s the dullest task you’ve ever been given?

Bible storage. But printing and filing emails at my last job beats this by a mile.

How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?

Very little – just can’t get into it, and find it very confusing.

What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?

Vouchers for a luxury spa weekend – not that unusual.

If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?

To ban negativity.

How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future)?

Theatre tickets – saw a scary ghost story.

What are the best perks of your role?

My hours (start and finish early so miss rush hour), and good parties at Christmas.

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?

I don’t dress that smart anyway so not that different on a Friday.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked to do at work?

Help my boss’s child with their GCSE homework.

What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?

Not letting me know where they are.

How do you unwind after the end of a hard week?

Glass of wine in the pub, or cinema.

Do you see your colleagues on weekends?


Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details).

No, but I wouldn’t tell you if I had.

If you were a lawyer what would your practice area be and why?

Family law – I’m naturally nosy and read the Daily Mail scandal pages regularly.

Which is the best practice group for gossip and why?

Not one in particular – wherever I’ve worked there’s been gossip.

Given the chance, which overseas office would you work in?

If we had an office there I’d say New York; it’s well known for its vibe so it would have to be a great experience.

What do you eat for lunch?

Nothing unusual – M&S or Pret sandwich.

Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?


What items do you always carry around with you at work?

Just my door pass.

Of whom do you have photos on your desk?

No one. I don’t like to be reminded of home at work – I might be tempted to hop on the tube home at lunchtime.

Which pub do the non-lawyers drink in?

Not sure – my pubbing-after-work days have long gone.

Soy Latte or Nescafe?

Probably soy latte, though I’m a cappuccino addict.

City break or weekend in the country?

Probably city break – love the country but there aren’t too many good cappuccino places in the middle of nowhere.

Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.

Relaxed, outgoing, busy.