Member Spotlight: John Smith, Associate – TLT LLP

Wednesday, 22nd December 2021

Our member spotlight feature gives you the chance to learn a little more about one of the pro-manchester community. This week it’s John Smith, Associate – TLT LLP.

  1. Career highlight?

I went on secondment to Paris for 2 months in 2016. I spent time in both the corporate and employment law teams of a top French law firm based in the centre of Paris. My apartment was just around the corner from Place de L’Opéra and a stone’s throw from the Louvre. It was a great opportunity for me to practise law in another language and a different jurisdiction, and I particularly enjoyed eating pastries pretty much every day…!

  1. Why do you love pro-manchester?

I’m fairly new to Manchester and pro-manchester has already provided me with numerous platforms to meet new people and expand my network, which is great.

  1. What are you reading at the moment?

I’m ashamed to say I’m not reading anything at the moment – I only tend to find time to read when on holiday. However, the last book I read was actually a novel my mum wrote called “Alice, Shaken and Definitely Stirred.” Worth a read (not that I’m biased… shameless plug!)

  1. What are you watching at the moment?

I’m a bit behind the times. I’ve only just started getting into Downton Abbey but I’m loving it. I am also a huge fan of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

  1. Favourite band or artist?

That’s a tough one…. Years & Years.

  1. Hidden / Useless Talent?

I sing and play piano. My friends would say that it’s not a particularly “hidden” talent as I will always find an opportunity to play at weddings/social events etc., but I’ll admit it’s not the most useful talent for a solicitor!

  1. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Be yourself. Don’t try and change who you are, the way you act or talk etc. for anyone just because you think it will impress people.

  1. Favourite meeting place in Manchester?

Federal café near the Arndale. It’s my favourite place for breakfast.

  1. Favourite place to visit in Manchester?

I’m going to have to go with another coffee shop (I clearly need to get out more!) I love Richmond Tea Rooms just off Canal St for a spot of afternoon tea.

  1. Best concert / gig / performance you’ve been to?

I am (almost) ashamed to say: Steps at Manchester Pride in 2012.

  1. If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be? Why?

Miriam Margolyes. She is one of those people who is just naturally very funny. I’d love to be as funny as her!

  1. What are you looking forward to most in the next 12 months?

I’m really looking forward to discovering more of Manchester and meeting new people. I moved to Manchester during lockdown and so I have lot to discover!