The Lawyer Inquiry: Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper was born in New York on 9 August 1958. She now lives in London and is a political consultant based at the Bar Council Press Office.

What was your first job?

Editorial assistant at publishers BT Batsford.

What was your first ever salary?


What would you have done if you hadn't become a political consultant?

Become a political consultant!

Which law could you live without?

The requirement to pay car parking fines.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

In a meeting with high-level Hong Kong/Chinese officials the expert I'd brought in to discuss the need for a Bill of Rights used the word "f***" instead of "flak".

What car do you drive?

Nissan Micra.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Kathryn Bigelow – to discuss women directors in Hollywood.

Where would you go to eat?

Somewhere local and relaxed.

What's the best thing on TV?

Prime Suspect.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Mary Poppins.

What's your most often-worn piece of clothing?

Black leggings.

What book(s) are you reading at the moment?

Margaret Truman's Murder at the National Cathedral.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Patti Smith's Because the Night.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?

Come back in five years' time.

What do you like about yourself?

My ability to adapt to change, whether personal or professional.

What do you hate about yourself?

The effects of pregnancy on me!

Where would you most like to be right now?

30 metres under-water (with scuba-equipment) at Ras Mammla, on the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea.