Chris Morris: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Who’s your hero and why?
Homer Simpson because he does all the things I hope I don’t do – but ­probably sometimes do.


Chris Morris: <a class=Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer” />What was your first-ever job?
Box office clerk at ­Eastbourne Winter ­Garden. We didn’t have a clue and regularly asked performers whether we could see their ticket.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
There was a story that a trainee took a letter by hand to an exotic location and returned a week later. The furthest I reached as a trainee was Walthamstow.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
A secretary who has been with us for 36 years.

What time do you usually leave the office?
At least half an hour later than I intend to.

What do you do at weekends?
I go for a run, followed by a country walk with the whole family, ending in my favourite pub for some good food and a drink.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
Ballotta, northern Italy.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A wine critic.

Who’s your hero and why?
Homer Simpson because he does all the things I hope I don’t do – but ­probably sometimes do.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Meeting people who are good enough to laugh at my jokes.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Balancing competing requirements – and then realising it’s part of the fun.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
As an associate, a partner asked if my roommate was busy. As they spent most of the time making Cup-a-Soup, I said no. Floods of tears, recriminations and a room change later, I vowed never to be drawn in in that way again.

What car do you drive?
An old Mercedes S class.

What book are you reading?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

What’s on your iPod?
Hot Fuss by the Killers.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?
The initial purchase, ­construction, financing and lease of the HSBC Tower at Canary Wharf.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
The Bodleian Library and a TV with sports channels.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended?
During the last recession we went to a UK hotel that doubled as an open prison.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Seventy-two hours.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Michael Caine. As a boy I was delighted there was one hero who wore glasses.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
The lift engineer.

CV
Name:
Chris Morris
Firm: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Title: Head of real estate
Lives: Sevenoaks, Kent
Education: Eastbourne ­Grammar School; Lincoln ­College, Oxford
Work history:
1982-84: Trainee, Freshfields
1984-91: Associate, Freshfields
1991-present: Partner, Freshfields