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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Washing cars in neighbourhood streets – an early induction to the life of an SME.
What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Being asked at a couple of hours notice to prosecute a “routine” debt collection claim on behalf of a media entity at the local county court against a litigant in person who decided to defend on the basis of his article 10 rights. Five years later the matter was finally determined by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
A 1-2-1 lunch with an ITK colleague usually does the trick.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
One that serves decent food at a realistic price, is not conceited or over solicitous, provides prompt service, with an atmosphere conducive to discreet conversation without the need for megaphones. As none exist, I’ll nominate my local Indian.
If you weren’t a lawyer what else would you have been?
A performer – though friends and family swear I am both.
Who’s your hero and why?
A hardy perennial: Nelson Mandela for his courage and persistence, his gentle dignity and lack of bitterness at his sufferings and those of his people – such a rare and humbling combination.
What’s the toughest thing about you job?
What’s your biggest work career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Being too keen to please and tying myself in knots as a consequence. I learned to strike a balance between being frank and realistic on the one hand and a back-covering harbinger of gloom on the other.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
I own a onesie; I have been a TV presenter; I once gave my cousin Johnny Herbert a driving lesson.
What’s the longest you’ve been without sleep?
I’m still traumatised whenever I re-live the experience of missing a Friday afternoon nap due to a protracted carriage contract negotiation.
Title: Head of media, technology and communications