Autograph - Ann Robinson | Living North

Autograph - Ann Robinson


Yorkshire through and through, Ann was born in Otley and attended Prince Henry’s Grammar School before reading Law at Sheffield University. She joined Blacks Solicitors in Leeds in 1989 and has been a partner and head of the Family Department since 1995

If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a missionary in Africa. I spent some time in several African countries as a student and it was an option I considered.

If I could travel in time I’d visit the Swinging Sixties. The music, the fashion, the new ideas – everything about it fascinates me.

I would never want to change the down-to-earth attitude of Yorkshire people, but I would like to change the weather. I’d love it to be as good every summer as it just has been. I spend a lot of time in the countryside and good weather makes it so much more enjoyable.

I can’t live without a good night’s sleep. I need at least seven hours a night. Nine would be lovely but it never happens.

If I had a spare £1 million, I would pay all my children’s school fees upfront and treat my husband to an Aston Martin. I would give the rest away to good causes.

There are lots of lovely country pubs near where I live in North Yorkshire but my favourites are The Square and Compass at North Rigton, and The Angel Inn, Hetton. I always try and eat fish when I go out for dinner as we keep livestock at home so I’m constantly eating lamb and turkey. It’s nice to have a change.

Drivers who don’t say thank you when you give way make me mad. My children at 6.45am on a school morning give me a similar feeling.

My four sons are my biggest achievement. They make me very proud.

The last text I sent was to my 17-year-old son on Saturday night. It read, ‘Will you need a lift or can I go to bed?’ Inevitably he needed a lift.

My tipple of choice is my husband’s homemade blackcurrant gin. It’s delicious.

My last holiday was two weeks camping in France with my family. In-between riding water slides, canoeing and tackling aerial adventure courses we visited historic chateaux and wine caves to sample some of the local wine. There wasn’t much relaxation involved but I like busy holidays. You can’t just sit on a sun lounger for two weeks when you have four sons.

In ten years’ time I’d still like to be content in my job but I’d like to go ski-ing more often than I do now. I’d also like to try my hand at scuba diving, preferably somewhere hot with lots of exotic fish and reefs to explore.

My perfect day off would be spent in a sunny Upper Wharfedale with my hiking boots, a packed lunch and my husband (so I don’t get lost).

My most treasured possession is my engagement ring. As for something intangible, it’s my Christian faith.

If I owned a racehorse I’d have to call it Blacks Beauty. I’m not into horse racing, but I think the equestrian law experts at Blacks would think that had quite a ring to it.

My best fancy dress costume is a headless horseman costume my mother made for me for a fancy dress competition when I was about 11. It was made out of a cardboard box and lots of brown material. It was very hot inside and it made it quite difficult to ride the horse. I didn’t win but I kept it for years.

My favourite film is The Graduate. I love the soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, but I’m nothing like the Mrs Robinson in the film.

My biggest indulgence is crisps. Any brand, any flavour.

My definition of luxury is an hour all to myself.

Published in: February 2014

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