Work Life Quiz: Andrew Wass, Withers

What was your first-ever job? Postman in Sydney.


Andrew Wass
Andrew Wass

What was your worst experience as a trainee?

Attending a house eviction only to find that I knew the family being evicted.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?

General office.

What time do you usually leave the office?

6.30-7pm.

What do you do at weekends?

Try to persuade my sons (10 and 12) to accompany me to a waterpark.

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Numero Uno on Northcote Road, London.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?

I’ve tried my hand at many things, including rugby, inter-dealer broking,

property development and TV post-production, but being a litigator is by far the most enjoyable.

What’s your favourite film?

The Graduate.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

Who’s your hero and why?

Andy Ripley (polymath, brilliant athlete, all-round good egg), who faced a painful slow and public death with courage and dignity. He told a brilliant but unprintable story about the 1974 Lions tour.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Sounds corny but the people at Withers are a great bunch who are a pleasure to work with. Same goes for the commercial/chancery

barristers I instruct.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Managing clients through the significant stresses of litigation.

What’s your biggest work career mistake and what did you learn from it?

Some might say giving up inter-dealer broking after five years; had I stuck with it I’d now be a client of Withers.

What car do you drive?

Audi A6 estate.

What book are you currently reading?

Rubicon by Tom Holland.

What’s your favourite children’s book?

Where The Wild Things Are.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

I recently recovered 350 new pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes and 20 Hermes Birkin handbags for a client and I understood for the first and only time what it is to be the focus of attention from the ­opposite sex.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?

My bike and a wind-up radio.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?

Not been on one yet but I’m told they are mostly good fun. Slightly

worrying that they tend to coincide with Six Nations weekends though.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?

Forty-eight hours as an FX option broker during the 1991 Russian uprising.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

Jeremy Irons, but more realistically the chap who plays Jeremy Aldermartin in Kavanagh QC (everyone says he could be me).

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Anyone who would sell their story to a newspaper.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)

I’m bald, I’m fat and I’m funny.

CV

Name: Andrew Wass

Title: Partner

Firm: Withers

Lives: Battersea, London

Education: 1980-83: University of Nottingham, BA, Politics

1984-85: City University, Post-graduate Diploma in Law, 

1985-86: Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Finals

Work history: 1987-2001: Various commercial jobs

2002-10: Legal assistant, Withers

2004-10: Assistant solicitor, Withers

2010: Litigation partner, Withers