The work-life quiz

John Wells, president, the Institute of Legal Executives

What was your first-ever job?

Paper boy.

What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Almost poisoning the senior partner by putting milk that had gone off in his tea.

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

What time do you usually leave the office?
It varies on my workload, but usually around
5.30pm.

What do you do at weekends?
Being national president of the Institute of Legal Executives, I’m away from home a lot, but I like to relax with my family and friends and also try to get the occasional game of golf in.

What’s your favourite restaurant?
Mon Plaisir on Monmouth Street in London.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
A professional cricketer.

Who was your mentor or role model?
Cricket-wise, Sir Garfield Sobers; work-wise, the legal executive I shared an office with as a trainee, my good friend John Fidler.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Meeting the clients and seeing how happy they are when they move home.

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

What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Moving to a firm purely and simply for more money – I learnt that money is not everything.

What car do you drive?
Audi A4.

What book are you currently reading?
My Colourful Life: from Red to Amber – Ginger McCain’s autobiography. McCain trained Red Rum and Amberleigh House to win the Grand National.

What’s on your CD player at the moment?
The Best of Van Morrison.

What’s your favourite children’s book?
The Story of Chicken Licken – I read it to both of my daughters as a bedtime story and they loved it so much I had to read it to them every night. They’re now both in their 20s, but it brings back wonderful memories of their childhood days.