Ladies who don’t lunch: Lady Barbara Judge talks first impressions and why moderation is boring

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Ping! A reply from Lady Barbara Judge drops in my inbox, exactly 15 minutes after I sent over an email asking her whether she would be available for a “ladies lunch”.

“Dear Maike I would be glad to do it. The problem is to find a date. With best regards, Barbara.”

Surprised and pleased at the quick response, I am also relieved that we got past the hurdle of titles from the outset. That, however, was the easy part – the hard part, as she had warned me, was finding the time. With the help of her PA, we manage to clear an hour for lunch at City Social, perched at the top of Tower 42.

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