The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Read more
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.
Customer returns at Toys R Us. It wasn’t the bright orange stripey jackets, it was the abuse when we wouldn’t give refunds for toys that still had the Boots label on.
What was your worst experience as a trainee?
Apart from a 56-hour closing, being sent by a partner to his house because his wife had locked her keys in the Volvo. She signalled me to come around to the back, because the front entrance was “not for staff”.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
Until I was a senior associate I used to be a semi-pro Latin-American ballroom dancer.
What’s your favourite film?
Pan’s Labyrinth or Donnie Darko.
What was the first record you bought?
If we can’t skip this question, it was the theme for the Blue Peter Cambodia appeal. But my first album was Kings of the Wild Frontier by Adam and the Ants.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn?
At a closing, forgetting to ask the owner of the company we were buying (and who was quite emotional) to sign his resignation letter, so I had to chase him down the street with it. You can never prepare too much for closings - our associates are used to my ‘dry runs’ now.
What book are you reading?
Travels in Siberia, by Ian Frazier, and The Homegrown Revolution, by James Wong.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I get to work a lot in Russia - a country I love.
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Being pulled in many directions.
In a movie about your life, which actor would play you?
I’d want John Le Mesurier, but others may take a different view.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Nigel Farage. Odious man.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order):
I’m a great karaoke singer; I’ve played the triangle on Radio 3; I had an insurance company named after me in an ITV drama series.
Name: Steve Wardlaw
Title: partner-in-charge, London
Firm: Baker Botts
Lives: Marden, Kent; Dalston
1988-91: LLB, Kings
1991-92: Law Society finals, College of Law, London