Andrew Blankfield: Field Fisher Waterhouse

Field Fisher Waterhouse” /> What was your first-ever job?
Hospital porter. The first task I was given was to take a corpse to the mortuary.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Completing a transaction as attorney for all the parties at midnight on New Year’s Eve when everyone else had left to celebrate.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Trainees’ drinks, I should think – but I’m not invited.

What time do you usually leave the office?
By 7pm, if I can.

What do you do at weekends?
Practise the piano – I was one of the soloists in the Mozart concerto for two pianos in the Lawyers’ Music 25th anniversary concert on 5 March.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Anywhere I can be with family and friends, good food and lots of wine.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A second-rate concert pianist.

Who’s your hero and why?
Leonard Bernstein – a great communicator and consummate all-rounder.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The people I work with.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Having to deliver bad news to nice people.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
As an articled clerk, arriving at a listed client’s offices and announcing I was there for a meeting on the rights issue. The sharp rebuke I received from the partner I was with taught me an instant lesson about the importance of confidentiality.

What car do you drive?
Renault Scenic – room for children and assorted musical instruments.

What book are you reading?
The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer.

What’s on your iPod?
I don’t have one. Music should be a shared experience.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
Zagazoo by Quentin Blake.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?
I was an expert witness in a trial before the US tax court, where the IRS case was thrown out for apparently tampering with the defendant’s evidence.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
A Steinway grand and a limitless supply of good Bordeaux.

What’s the worst partner conference location you’ve attended and why?
A European lawyers’ grouping my last firm belonged to arranged a conference at a hotel that proudly claimed to be Hitler’s favourite.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Thirty six hours.

Which actor would play you in a movie of your life and why?
Kevin Spacey – unconventional, uncompromising and cool (and very good-looking).

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
I don’t like lifts at the best of times, so the fewer people stuck in there with me, the better.

Name: Andrew Blankfield
Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse
Title: Partner and head of corporate group
Lives: St Albans
Education: Southgate School; Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Work history: 1985-87: Articled at Allen & Overy
1987-92: Assistant solicitor, Allen & Overy
1992-93: Assistant solicitor, Allison & Humphreys
1993-97: Partner, Allison & Humphreys
1998-present: Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse since the merger with Allison & Humphreys in 1997; head of the corporate group since 2007