Getting to know.. Claire Carlo

20th February 2015

We asked our new PA to Joy Kingsley, a few questions to get to know her a little better beyond the legal world..

So Claire..

How did you first start working in Law?

Purely by chance. After I graduated with a degree in French in 2009 it was a bad time for young people in the employment market. I applied for lots of admin jobs as I thought being a PA would really suit me and my skills. In the meantime I managed to get a temping job at a health centre doing their filing which was mind numbing and quite depressing after spending 4 years studying for a degree.

From all my applications I finally got an interview for a legal secretary job in the city centre and it just so happened one of ladies at the health centre knew the managing partner. I mentioned her at the interview, the managing partner called her up afterwards and she gave me a great reference. A little bit of of luck, and it made me realise there's opportunity in everything.

What is your favourite thing about working in Law?

The variety. Working with people from all walks of life means every day is different and it's nice when you have helped someone out.

If you didn't work in Law what would you do?

I love to bake so I would probably run a little cafe somewhere.

What's the one thing you can't live without?

My housemates. They are the best bunch of friends and are perfect company whether I feel like laughing, partying, whining or just hanging around the house.

Who inspires you? (personally or professionally)

A former boss of mine taught me so much, both personally and professionally. She was incredible at her job, dedicated and hard working, diplomatic, confident, funny and stylish. It was impossible not to admire her!

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?

Time travel would be useful for so many things and also loads of fun.

What nicknames do you have?

CC or Carlos.

What was the last book you read?

I'm terrible at finishing books, I only ever make it half way through. The book currently residing in a drawer by my bed is The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy. I might finish it one day. (It's not even long!)

If you hosted a dinner party, what three people (dead or alive) would you invite?

1. Bill Hicks

2. Jon Hamm

3. Hilary Clinton

What question would you ask the next person undertaking this Q&A?

If I came round for dinner what would make for me? (Because it's good to have friends who can cook!)

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Daniel Clark is a Partner and Director of Marketing located in Manchesterin our Marketing department

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