Work Life Quiz: Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, 2 Hare Court


What was your first-ever job?

I had two at the same time: working in an off-licence and working in the haberdashery department of Selfridges.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Arriving at court to represent someone who, when I appeared, asked where his barrister was, as “girls don’t do this”.

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

The clerks’ room.

What time do you usually leave the office?

I can take work home, but when I do it usually means a very late night and a very early morning.

What do you do at weekends?

Deal with my six children.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

It’s not really a restaurant, but it’s Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour in Swansea.

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

A doctor. The issues people face in their daily lives fascinate me.

What’s your favourite film?

The Sound of Music.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Metal Guru, by T Rex

Who’s your hero and why?

International figures aside, my mother, who struggled with great dignity through her crippling illness without complaint.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Seeing the emotional devastation that affects some of those involved in court proceedings.

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

Not capitalising on the chance to work overseas. I learned to seize every opportunity.

What’s the most exciting case you have worked on and why?

My answer could well be different in a few months’ time [Sallie is representing former NoTW news editor Ian Edmondson in the phone-hacking trial], but for
now, a case to clarify the law of transferred malice. It was unique and challenging – described by a member of the Supreme Court as “like an exam question”. 

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?

Kindle and lipstick.


Name: Sallie Bennett-Jenkins 

Title: Queen’s Counsel

Chambers: 2 Hare Court

Lives: Hampton Court


1980-83: Law, UCL

1983-84: Bar training, Inns of
Court School of Law

Work history:

(Completed second six months as a pupil at 2 Hare Court and has been there ever since.)

1984-85: Pupillage 

1984: Called to the Bar

1998: Recorder of the Crown Court 

1998: Treasury Counsel 

2006: Queen’s Counsel