Carolina Marín Pedreño

Carolina Marín Pedreño

Partner and head of the Children department at Dawson Cornwell

The partner and head of children law at the family law specialist Dawson Cornwell shares her passions and interests

How do you like to start the day?

Without the alarm ringing, a clean diary ahead and French toast!

What’s your favourite object in your office/home office?

At home, a rocking chair that is left over from my maternity leaves; I know it makes me sound like a granny, but the chair is the perfect place for long calls from clients. In the office I really like our instant hot/cold water tap in the kitchen.

Who is your closest colleague?

Jayshree Patel and Olivia Torres, the backbone of my department.

Do you have a favourite family heirloom?

Yes, a silver baby rattle that has been passed down through four generations.

What’s your favourite song of all time?

Love is in the Air”. It takes me back to my wedding day; the fun, the sun and all the dancing at the party.

What’s your favourite play?

Romeo and Juliet.

Who’s your favourite movie star?

Penelope Cruz.

What’s your favourite book?

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt.

What book are you reading right now?

Great Expectations – simply because I always do a classic after devouring a few cheesy, romantic novels.

What book do you wish you had written?

Poems by Pablo Neruda.

What’s the greatest invention of all time?

The one that my generation has experienced the most is undoubtedly the internet.

Is there a sport you wish you could play?

Most of them, but recently golf.

Who inspires you in business?

Those leaders who care for and are kind to their teams.

In the office do you dress up, dress down or somewhere in between?

I will say somewhere in the middle depending on my mood and whether I am meeting clients face-to-face.

Where do you go to relax?

Home. I love spending time at home, in our garden.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Peru. I want to experience climbing to Machu Picchu and Peruvian food.

Besides your phone, what do you always have with you?

My wedding ring.

What’s the best part of your job?

The diversity of the personalities and nationalities that I work and deal with in a single day, from the Ultra High Net Worth individual to the vulnerable teenager who might be forced into a marriage, the victim of domestic abuse, the parents who have not seen their children for months, to the parents who are overwhelmingly excited about the birth or adoption order made in respect of their child.  

How do you unwind after work?

This is the hardest one. I am constantly connected, and the nature of my cases frequently requires hours of attention, at all times of day and night. But I do unwind with anything social, a long call to family or friends, dinners and days out.

Finally, what’s your guilty pleasure?

People watching with a glass or two of champagne.


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