Work Life Quiz: Alison Eddy, Irwin Mitchell


What was your first-ever job?

Sales assistant in Chelsea Girl.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

I took a note sitting behind counsel at my first trial and when he asked for it to prepare for closing submissions, he declared it indecipherable and of no use. So true, but I was mortified.

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

On a Friday night pub crawl I imagine.

What do you do at weekends?

I enjoy London and relax with family and friends. I have five children, so weekends, like holidays, are precious.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

La Colombe d’Or in St Paul de Vence. I was an au pair there and have enjoyed many family lunches on the terrace over the years.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?

An actress.

What’s your favourite film?

Annie Hall.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Blue, by Joni Mitchell.

Who’s your hero and why?

Rosa Parks for her courage and dignity.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

I missed out spending time with my children when they were young, but back then there were none of the innovations in technology that allow the flexible working opportunities lawyers have today. 

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

The most rewarding was securing £8m for a child who suffered bilateral upper and lower limb amputations as the result of a failure to diagnose and treat meningococcal septicaemia.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve experienced and why?

The one when the guest speaker had a blazing row with his wife in the bedroom next to mine.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

Glenn Close, according to my son.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)…

I was a dancer with the Welsh National Ballet; I’ve never baked a cake; I run half-marathons.


Name: Alison Eddy

Title: Managing partner, London

Firm: Irwin Mitchell

Lives: London


1973-76: University of Manchester, BA

1977-78: College of Law, Chester and Lancaster Gate

Work history:

1978-80: Trainee, Brian Thompson & Partners

1980-84: Assistant solicitor, Robin Thompson & Partners

1984-95: Partner, Robin Thompson & Partners

1995-present: Partner and head of clinical negligence, Irwin Mitchell 

2012-present: Managing partner, Irwin Mitchell