Jon Beaumont: Harvey Ingram
14 December 2010
What time do you start work each day? I’m usually in by 8am, although this is sometimes at the whim of the train operators.
Name: Jon Beaumont
Firm: Harvey Ingram
Position: Library & Information Manager
What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?
Read things. People assume that I like to read, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I stretch myself to the Sunday supplements, but the last book I read was probably for GCSEs.
How much time do you spend on Facebook each week?
No time whatsoever, I still haven’t understood the advantages fully.
What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?
A matching pan stand and tea towel.
If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?
Maybe something banning library-related gags. I don’t possess a jacket with leather elbow patches, walk about saying “sssshhhh” all of the time and know precisely why the nun and two vicars entered the library.
How did you spend your last bonus?
A copy of The Big Issue– the chap let me have it at half price.
What are the best perks of your role?
I do get to network a large amount with information-types from the legal information sector as part of our British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL). Contrary to the unfortunate acronym, undoubtedly one of the best professional bodies I have ever known.
What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?
I play safe and simply lose the tie – I am not quite of the age when brogues, designer golf jumpers and slacks are appealing.
Have you ever been asked to do anything at work that you suspect might have been illegal?
What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?
One of our Partners (‘the cat’) had the irritating habit of attempting to keep goal for the firm football team. I knew he was going to be poor the first time I played and he arrived in a pair of well-worn gardening gloves.
How do you unwind after the end of a hard week?
I always enjoy a dig in my vegetable patch or a good beer festival. The latter being an excuse for mature binge drinking and where a librarian can be by far the coolest person in the place.
Do you see your colleagues on weekends?
Hopefully not – the benefits of living and working in different cities.
Have you ever fallen in love at work?
Not with a person or animal, but our drinks machine used to stock full fat Vimto for a time?
If you were a lawyer what would your practice area be and why?
It would have to be something juicy – maybe a spot of conveyancing?
What do you eat for lunch?
Salad. It balances out the weekend kebabs and real ale, although my gut still sticks out a little.
Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?
What items do you always carry around with you at work? Annoyance, wit and some sort of book for illustrative purposes.
Who do you have photos of on your desk?
I should really say my wife, but the only picture on my desk is of me in my running kit (the Business Development team were obviously busy again) with the sarcastic comment ‘Someone pass me the suntan lotion’. What jokers.
Corney & Barrow or The Royal Exchange?
As a Northerner I couldn’t make an informed judgment.
Soy Latte or Nescafe?
I am partial to a Bovril if that counts?
City break or weekend in the country?
It would have to be the country, although like many I seem to have this idealistic memory of growing up in a rural community that didn’t include boredom, tractors and marriage to one’s sister.
Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.
Splendid, fantastic and sensational.