Susie Barber: Minter Ellison

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

An immigration law, so that more Kiwis can get British Passports.

Name: Susie Barber

Firm: Minter Ellison

Position: Office manager/legal secretary

Lives: Hammersmith (along with a large number of fellow Kiwis)

What time do you start work each day?

Around 8am – I am a bit of a morning person.

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job? 

Definitely filing – but fortunately we have recently moved to e-filing so hard copy filing is now minimal.

How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?

Sitting open plan doesn’t allow much FB time at work – perhaps an hour on the weekends.

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

One year the firm gave all their employees beach chairs, which broke almost instantly.

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

An immigration law, so that more Kiwis can get British Passports.

How did you spend your last bonus?

Funding summer holidays, which was much appreciated.

What are the best perks of your role?

Being involved in so many areas of the firm, and getting to organise events at fantastic venues like St Paul’s Cathedral.

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?

A dress above the knee (daringly) and tights, because 10 of the 12 months in London are chilly.

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

He wasn’t a partner, but one of my senior associates used to take his shoes off as soon as he got to work and walk around in his socks all day.  Every day.

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

The way most Londoners do, with a large glass of wine in a noisy pub.

Have you ever fallen in love at work?

Quite often at Friday night drinks, but by Monday morning I’ve come to my senses.

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

Corporate, because of the variety of work and the clients you get to work with.

What do you eat for lunch?

A sandwich from M&S (which is five yards from the office), along with carrots and houmous.

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

Am I allowed to answer that?  Yes.

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

I always seem to have a pen on me.

Who do you have photos of on your desk?

I have a photo of an ex-lawyer colleague’s baby, the baby of one of my friends back home, and I have a photo of my sister as my desktop wallpaper.

Corney & Barrow or The Royal Exchange?

Corney & Barrow

Soy Latte or Nescafe?

I’m a basic Kiwi girl, Nescafe will do me.

City break or weekend in the country?

I grew up on a farm, so at this stage in my life, definitely city break.

Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words

Supportive, progressive, different.