Here we ask Suky Mann, a contentious insolvency law solicitor, what makes her tick?
Why did you become a lawyer?
I would love to say I joined the profession because of the passion I have for the law when I was young, but in truth, by grandfather always dreamed of one of his grandchildren becoming a solicitor.
He had a great sense of justice and fairness. During his last days, I promised him that as the daughter of a steel worker from an ordinary working class family, I would do just that, and here I am.
Your most embarrassing moment as a solicitor?
Without tempting fate, I haven’t really had one…yet!
Your proudest moment in your legal career?
Apart from qualifying, I would say my first win for a client, a real buzz and a great sense of achievement.
What piece of wisdom would you pass onto a child?
Never lose your sense of justice, follow your heart and always speak up for those who cannot.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
To be my own boss.
Persons who most influenced your life?
My late grandfather. He taught me self-belief and the importance of integrity and never forget those who help you achieve greatness. He taught me never to be constrained by other people’s misconceptions.
What do people get wrong about you?
People often don’t see that I’m quite a sensitive person, believe or not.
Bullies, ungrateful people and those with over inflated sense of self-importance.
The Kite Runner by Khalend Hosseini, and just for good measure my favourite poem is W.H Auden’s Stop all the Clocks.
It either has to be The Green Mile or PS, I Love You.
TV or radio?
TV, there’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa watching a good film with my little boy or my other-half.
Dani California – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Greatest invention ever?
Modern medicine, especially the treatment of childhood illness. Other than that, I would have to say Vodka!
No regrets, just lessons learned.
The person from history you would most like to have a pie and pint with?
Not so much pie and a pint, but perhaps a long island ice tea with Coco Chanel because everyone should be fabulous and classy. A revolutionary figure in fashion, but more so, a formidable business woman.
How would you spend your fantasy 24 hours, with no travel restrictions?
My day would start by building sand castles on a tropical island with my little boy, followed by lunch with Carl Lagerfeld in Paris, fawning over the latest Chanel designs. I would then see the day draw to a close in New York, catching a show on Broadway with my partner.
So, now you know a bit more about Suky
We thinks it’s always good to know a bit more about the person behind the lawyer.
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