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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.
Going to court on my first appearance to get an unless order on behalf of clients and coming back with one against them.
Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Vincent Moran QC’s room.
What do you do at weekends?
Watch football and horse racing, drink and eat.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
The Brasserie in South Kensington.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?
A nightclub owner.
Who’s your hero and why?
Alan Shearer, Newcastle United’s second best-ever number 9 after my late grandfather, the best-ever Newcastle United number 9.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?
Saying to my opponent in an appeal, “Do you think I’ll be called upon?” The court then called upon me immediately, without troubling him. I learnt that in the Court of Appeal you never know what’s going to happen next.
What car do you drive?
Range Rover with parking wounds.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
Matilda, by Roald Dahl.
What’s the most exciting case you’ve worked on and why?
The litigation arising out of the collapse of Holbeck Hall at Scarborough into the sea. Challenging, interesting and a great victory.
What is the worst chambers conference location you’ve attended and why?
The only member of chambers offsite conference we ever had was at a hotel in Docklands. Ghastly.
What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
Harrison Ford. We have a lot in common.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
My consultant senior clerk, Barry Bridgman. I wouldn’t get a word in edgeways.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order):
I’m charming; I’m interested in horse racing; I can dance.