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Q&A with Dr Carolina Gasparoli

1 August 2016

 Dr Carolina Gasparoli1. How long have you worked at the Law Society? 

I joined the Society in September 2015.

2. You're talking to a friend of a friend at a party. How do you describe what you do?

I work in the public affairs department. We manage the relationship between the Society and the Government on behalf of our members. Normally my explanation is followed by a question: "Interesting. But what exactly is it that you do"?

3. What are you working on at the moment?

Influencing the Government to protect legal professional privilege in the Investigatory Powers Bill is keeping me quite busy.

4. What was your first job?

I had a career change a few years ago. I started as a lecturer in political philosophy and jurisprudence after obtaining a PhD in these subjects.

5. Share some great advice you've been given

To find my own way of being authentic and to follow my instinct if I feel that a decision is right, without being distracted by other people's opinions.

6. What's in your desk drawers?

A mess really: all sorts of documents, pens, a scarf, hand cream, a couple of mugs. But I try to keep my desk tidy.

7. Can you recommend a local lunch or coffee spot?

I love Pegasus Bar in Inner Temple, a very nice place for a glass of wine after work if the weather is nice.

8. Favourite city?

Well, I'm Italian so I'll go for Rome.

9. What book is on your bedside table?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

10. If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three things would you bring with you?

I’ve never managed to finish In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, so this could be an opportunity to start again; the full box set of The Good Wife; and all the ingredients for a lifetime of gin & tonic.