Work Life Quiz: Ian Beardmore, Flint Bishop Solicitors

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Brad Pitt. It’s obvious.

Ian Beardmore

What was your first-ever job?
Insulating lofts in the ­summer holidays.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Losing some unregistered title deeds, which were found in a local pub in Derby (which is where the completion took place).

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
It varies, but not often later than 6.00pm (I tend to start early) – but then I’m often out with clients.

What do you do at weekends?
Golf, suffer watching Derby County FC, watch my son play cricket, walk the dog and see family, friends and the odd client (not always in that order).

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
The Bay Tree in ­Melbourne, Derbyshire.

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
I honestly don’t know.

What’s your favourite film?
They change with time, but tend to be comedies with happy endings (life doesn’t have enough of them). Currently its Run Fat Boy Run.

What was the first record you ever bought?
Electric Warrior by T.Rex.

Who’s your hero and why?
I have none.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Being part of a close-knit team creating a really good business.

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Not spending as much time as I’d like with my wife, Amanda, and ­children Leah and Alastair.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Don’t lose deeds in pubs. In fact, don’t go in pubs during working hours.

What car do you drive?
BMW 3 Series Touring.

What book are you currently reading?
The Mission Song by John le Carré.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?
Commercial property’s not that exciting.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?
My wife and a case of good claret.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
Grantham. It’s not that exciting and it’s hard to get to. A good choice then.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
I like sleep, so I’ve probably only lost the one night. In any case I don’t think commercial property lawyers have the need (unlike our corporate counterparts) to brag about several nights without any. It’s not good for the professional indemnity insurance either.

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Brad Pitt. It’s obvious.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Billy Davis. He manages Nottingham Forest FC.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)
I’m married, I have two ­children and I look like Brad Pitt.

CV
Name:
Ian Beardmore
Firm: Flint Bishop Solicitors
Title: Senior partner
Lives: Brassington, Derbyshire
Education:
1981-84: LLB (Hons), University of Manchester
1984-85: LPC, College of Law, Chester
Work history:
1985-87: Trainee, Flint Bishop & Barnett
1987-89: Solicitor, commercial property department, Flint Bishop
1989-91: Solicitor, commercial property department, Edwards Geldard
1991-92: Associate, commercial property department, Edwards Geldard
1992-93: Associate, Flint Bishop
1993-2002: Partner, Flint Bishop
2002-Present: Senior partner, Flint Bishop