Laura Ellen Woodfine-Jones
From whence do you come?
I grew up in Cranage, Cheshire, then moved to Lancaster to read Law and have subsequently moved back home.
How long have you been at Berg?
I have been at Berg since September 2011, so 5-6 months.
Why did you choose Berg?
I applied to Berg because I wanted to work in a Manchester firm with a prominent reputation. It was important to me to work in a commercial environment where I would not be stuck in an area of law where I had no interest in qualifying. As someone focused on
a career in business law Berg was an obvious choice.
What’s it like to work here?
Every day really is different. I may get on the train in the morning with a nice ‘to do’ list all sorted in my head, get into the office to discover that something completely different needs to take priority. I think that is both the challenge and the fun of
working here at Berg, you need to be able to react to the environment around you and be a true team player.
Why did you choose law?
I don’ think there was ever a real reason why I initially chose law. When I was younger I went on a summer school at Durham and chose Law as my subject as it was something you could not study before 6th Form and I figured as it was part of my summer holiday
I may as well try something new. When on the course I found that I really enjoyed the subject and the academic challenge. I think from that point I always knew I wanted a career where I found the subject matter inspiring. Plus it is nice to spend your time
as a problem solver; you meet great people when you are in an environment that forces people to think outside of the box.
What do you do when you not working?
When I am not working you can normally find me horse riding, skiing or just going out with my dog. After a week in the office I enjoy being outdoors. Other than that I love theatre, films and reading. That said I am a big fan of cooking which usually results
in some form of cake or biscuit appearing on a Monday morning.
What’s your favourite book?
The Harry Potter series, if not that Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mum’s Parmigiana di melanzane.
If you could invent one brand new law, what would it be and why?
Tough question, think I may have to go with banning ‘Sunday drivers’.
If your house was on fire, what one item would you save?
And finally, marmite?
Only fit for the bin!